Explaining ‘house nigger’

One of Hone Harawira’s Facebook supporters has explained their take on the term:

Alvina Ropata Edwards ‎’The house nigger, as defined by Malcolm X, is the slave who imagines himself to be thought of as kin by his master because they live in the same house.’ ‘A black person that sucks up to the white man for benefits.

From slave times where the house nigga would get to work inside the house as opposed to picking cotton out in the hot sun’.

A black person that does their best to please white people even if it means disowning their own racial identity.

Alvina’s explanation of ‘house nigger’ simply confirms that it has been used here in a very derogatory way.

MPs on parliamentary wages can hardly be called slaves.

Maori Party MPs have more Maori voter support than Mana, and three times the number of electorate MPs. They happen to be representing and working for different Maori, so Hone is abusing many Maori who simply see and do things differently.

That’s a bit stink.

Urban dictionary: house nigger – a black person that does their best to please white people even if it means disowning their own racial identity.

Wikipedia: House Negro – (also House Nigger) is a pejorative term for a black person, used to compare someone to a house slave of a slave owner from the historic period of legal slavery in the US. The term comes from a speech, Message to the Grass Roots, given by African American activist Malcolm X, where he explains that during slavery, there were two kinds of slaves: “house Negroes,” who worked in the master’s house and “field Negroes,” who performed the manual labor outside.

Malcom X: The House Negro vs The Field Negro