Here we go again.

The debate over who can and cannot use the n-word has come up again. Recently, DJ Khaled (who is apparently Palestinian) came under fire for his use of the word. As with Kreayshawn, Fat Joe, Jennifer Lopez, and many more non-Blacks who’ve wealded the divisive term, DJ Khaled says he should be given a pass because he grew up around ‘n*ggas.’

What makes me mad, ’cause when I grew up, n—as was calling me sand n—a. Now, that’s ignorant, because there’s only one way to say it. You can’t say, ‘Yo what up my sand n—a?’ That’s not the way we grew up in the streets. When I say ‘What up my n—a,’ I say that to Green Lantern all the time. ‘What up my nig?’ That’s just me greeting you with love, but if somebody takes it another way, they dumb, man. That’s like, dumb. Like, they dumb.”

While I don’t use the term, and am throughly annoyed when I hear ANYONE, particularly non-Black folk using the word as if it’s water, I can’t really fault those who feel comfortable saying it.

Hip-hop is nearly 35 years old, and in that time, rappers have been filling mixtapes, boomboxes, and ipods with “n*ggas.” It was only a matter of time before (all) people began to use the word, in spite of its historical meaning.

So can we really police who can and cannot say the word when it’s used so freely in our everyday lives? Sadly, I don’t think so.

 

What do you think? Have we moved beyond the n-word being a big deal? Does context matter? Sound off! 

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  • Tiffy

    I have attempted to rid my vocabulary of N****a, now it’s reserved for dumb people and when dumb stuff is happening in front of me. Dj Khaled’s explanation and reasoning was just dumb, therefore he indeed is a N****a

  • Ignoring the painful history that comes with the n-word, when did this trend of self-degradation become popular? Someone calls you a sand-n as an insult, and then you embrace it for the rest of your life. Girls today call themselves bitches and then use the term as an insult. Is it any surprise that the United States is quickly becoming last in education.

  • Sounds pretty damn ignorant on both sides. Either everyone uses that trashy word or no one does. Getting bent out of shape because of ignorant people using ignorant language is just ignorant, isn’t it?

  • Sean

    hmmm…I’d have to say…

    if there was absolutely…

    beautifully made…

    justly created…

    long lasting…

    world peace….

    where everyone is treating each other beautifully….

    respectfully…

    no wars…

    no famine…

    no disease…

    no nothing “bad” in the world…

    and the n-word…

    somehow stayed alive through it all…

    and was still used…or even used more…

    I’d like to say I’d be okay with it.

    This N word business…
    my opinion…
    let’s dialogue our self and worldly issues
    by what we mean by our words…
    then,
    let’s talk about our words…
    seems like that would be more effective in our priority of resolutions.

    With much love and respect~

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