VSBTwo of my favorite bloggers are Damon Young and my friend Panama Jackson over at Very Smart Brothas. In their discussion of the Chris Dorner situation, Young uses the term “Nigga Neurosis” (NN) as his definition for the feeling many of us have when something out of the ordinary (good or bad) happens to us, and we’re not sure whether it only happened because we’re Black”.

From Very Smart Brothas:

This (the “Nigga Neurosis”) is one of the more unfortunate byproducts of a lifetime of dealing with America’s neurotic relationship with race. It’s something so ingrained in many of us that we often don’t realize when we’re doing it, and the perpetual mental gymnastics involved in distinguishing between real race-related behavior and perceived can f*ck with a person’s sense of reality……..

But who Dorner is and what he may have done doesn’t matter. At least to those of us who are rooting for him, it doesn’t. As along as he is Black and getting back at something “White,” it’s a cause worth supporting, regardless of any insignificant collateral damage —like, you know, the murder of a man who could have very easily been your brother, cousin, or boyfriend.

Should America take the blame for this? For making some of us so filled with antipathy and antagonism that it has completely skewed both our sense of right and wrong and our perception of reality? Or, are we just using the nigga neurosis as a convenient excuse to “get back,” to finally unleash our inner Dorners or live vicariously through him as he kills all the White people he can before getting caught?

Remember O.J?

Most people still have their own opinions about “The Juice”. Everyone I know felt that he got away with murder, but black people cheered when his verdict was read. Unfortunately, Dorner will never get a trial, or even a burial for that much, but he had throngs of people cheering him on.

What do you think about Damon Young’s “Nigga Neurosis”? Could black people unconsciously suffer from it because of the injustices that some have faced throughout their lives and finally feel a sense of vindication no matter how fucked the situation actually is?

34 Comments

  1. Sarah

    How would those people who are calling this criminal a hero have felt if it was their innocent family member whom he killed during his rampage?

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  2. Wong Chia Chi

    I think everyone that supports Dormer hates the LAPD due to the fact that they are willing to shoot innocent people without forethought just to catch him. Like elderly hispanic women delivering newspapers (seriously? how do they get that confused? The car was the same but STILL, investigate and or observe first before just SHOOTING)

    Which is odd. Because that should elicit the opposite reaction but since he is critical of the LAPD the fact that they are shooting first and asking questions later lends credence to his claims and makes everyone who has had a negative experience with the police, which is not just black people look at the occupy movement, sympathetic to him

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  3. Jay Cee

    NN Said but true. And, OJ did not kill those people.

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