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WhatÔÇÖs with the nigga moments?

Sun, 9 September 2012 19:56
by Linekela Halwoodi
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I grew up with the beer-bottle-throwing-culture having been raised at the coast and all but nigga moments were very rare to me.
I’m writing this because I cannot believe that men still have those ‘you-stepped-on-my-shoes’ kind of squabbles!
Last weekend, I hosted a party and got caught in the middle of a nigga moment. Sustained a bottle-cut injury and my friend accidently punched me while trying to hit someone else!
Amidst all that, I realised that men travel in packs, so do they fight in packs to protect their own turf; to try and claim territory that has already been occupied or that which has not yet been occupied. For a nigga moment to happen, you do not need one man to shake the earth for the other to react. Fists can be thrown even just by touching a man’s shoulders from a different pack. I have seen people get shot in the head during a nigga moment and their brains scrubbed off the floors the next day.
“He stepped on my shoes but wouldn’t apologise,” is all you may hear when gang hits the other and then one of them gets a booking with the morticians. My question then is; what is it about black men and the obsession to be superior to all the other men? All senses are lost during a nigga moment! They lose their rationale when it comes to giving blows.
Triggers of a nigga moment can range from the totally stupid to the insane actions. I once witnessed a man knock out another man because he had looked at him “funny”. Another one also got a little spill of beer on his 5-year-old All Star, which was already falling apart, and guess what; he did his nigga moment right there and then. Now, you need to understand that in a nigga moment, every man plays his part; there are agitators and bystanders.
The agitator is usually the guy who cannot defend himself but like to start fights because he relies on the strengths of his bystanders. The bystander is the guy who steps in when things get hot. They do not even care much as to whether or not the reason of the argument is rational; all that is important to them is that their opponent bleeds or runs. When their opponent runs, new territory is claimed but that permit is only valid for as long as there is no retaliation.
The special thing about the nigga moments is, there is nothing special; just a bunch of black men being exactly what the stereotype describes them out to be (and you don’t need me to point that out here!). Traditionally, the trigger would always be women but these days, women are overrated and men have graduated to the “I-will-not-fight-over-a-girl” mindset, so the trivial things are the new triggers.
Nigga moments work hand-in-hand with alcohol most of the time. Still, my question has not been answered; why do men I share the same race with have a tendency of flipping out over the smallest issues, risk getting hurt, hurt others and humiliate themselves repeatedly?
I was wrong to call it a culture but it has to be ‘our culture’, because I am yet to see it happen in other races. I am just saying that some of our ‘cultures’ make us look like humans who live in a jungle; a concrete jungle. All fists and no brains! Next time we meet on this page, I’d like some explanations  to my questions.