The title is shocking. It is meant to grab you by the shoulders and blow a breath of a foul stench in your face. If the word immediately offends you that means that you have become part of a large segment in society who have grown to intentionally ignore it, put it in the back of your mind, thinking it will go away, or even worse: you associate it with a certain race or ethnic group. You have unknowingly become a part of the problem. Not only is this book a wake up call, it also provides support and therapy for teachers, parents, employers, relatives, and friends who work with or are in relationships with people who constantly refer to themselves as niggas. This book asks the questions that you would get in trouble for asking and speaks for those who would lose their jobs attempting to confront this hip hop fueled mindset. This book is written by a teacher who shares his experiences in and around the classroom where he refused to sit in silence or stand in the shadows of neutrality by simply watching and listening. Mr. Carter decided to live on his feet rather than die on his knees in this extraordinary literary confrontation with the endearing term that makes you squirm.
Teachin’ Niggas is the no-holds-barred narrative from a public secondary school teacher in urban America. Contending that niggas are multi-ethnic young people fueled by the hip hop culture, author/educator Wesley D. Carter recounts the complete apathy for traditional education and the challenges this ever-growing population presents to both schools and society. The book explores the characteristics observed in students who define themselves as niggas, delineating their culture from the language they use, the materialistic dreams they aspire to achieve, the music and social media that motivates their behavior, and the pitfalls that the world presents to this generation trying to find its voice. Teachin’ Niggas reveals the frustration of the secondary educator refusing to legitimize the controversial term nigga, while acknowledging the word’s transformation from racist origins to an identifying and cultural phenomenon embraced by millions of all colors, genders, and socio-economic strata.