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Chuck D

Listen Up White America ...

We Ain't 'Ni**as'

12/18/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Public Enemy frontman Chuck D has a message for anyone buying into Suge Knight's take on the n-word -- tossing around that epithet is vile and disrespectful to the Civil Rights movement ... no matter how much it's overused in popular music today.

As we reported, Suge proposed a controversial idea this week -- eliminating the term "African-American" ... because he feels it's inaccurate ... and instead going with "ni**a." 

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Chuck D agrees "African-American" isn't a perfect term since a white person could technically be African-American too -- but insists the n-word ... with an 'a' or 'er' ... is too rooted in bloody history and oppression to be used loosely.

Put more poetically by Chuck -- "Being called Black in America is the struggle to keep us moving and breathing over bloody water. Being a Nig**r or [Ni**a] without the context of history is like drowning in bloody water, dragging down those yet knowing to swim."

Chuck D, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, added -- he thinks rappers show a lack creativity when they use the n-word "more than 3 times a song. It's lazy. Especially when out of context."

In other words ... don't believe the hype.

154 COMMENTS

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46.

accopro    

So then tell black americans to quit being effin hypocrites and STOP using thwe word already!

206 days ago
47.

lili    

Someone with sense

206 days ago
48.

InformationTrafficker    

#word

206 days ago
49.

Diego    

The fact that this has been a topic for the week should be embarrassing to black people

206 days ago
50.

elpablo    

I can see both of these guys' points.

206 days ago
51.

cindy    

What the hell do they wanna be called ?! They don't want ***** or ******s, they don't want Black or African American. what the hell, then?! They have some serious identity crisis.

206 days ago
52.

Truth    

Do***ented FACT. A black man's worst enemy is a black man. Stop talking like everyone else holds you down.

206 days ago
53.

Sam    

Listen up America, Chuck D is a nobody and wants media attention!

205 days ago
54.

rcytrcy01@yahoo.com    

I'm with Chuck on this one! Listen up young world!

205 days ago
55.

AAAAAAAAAAb    

Does this ***** understand ***** are responsible for more ***** bloodshed than whites? *****s enslaved more *****s than whites. *****s sold *****s to whites. *****s references the past 2/300 years of what whites did to *****s, but ignore the thousands of years *****s slave-traded each other!

205 days ago
56.

Keyser Söze    

Chuck D - teaching fools what's up since 1987.

205 days ago
57.

Gisselle    

I don't understand. They want white people to stop using the N word yet they use it among themselves and it is okay? Isn't that like double standards??????

205 days ago
58.

Sargio    

TMZ, you're losing me, this is promoting racial tension and I don't like the path you're going down. The N word is not for public consumption and Black/White/Yellow/Red/Pink or Brown are all just American. Chuck D has it right. We all came from Africa.

205 days ago
59.

Blackbusiness    

Tmz sucks ass

205 days ago
60.

Lily Daisy    

While some may think TMZ is racist, obviously they are exploitive of women on a regular basis. It's apparently the name of the game, so it's up to us to sign in or sign off. As for white people "listening up" with regard to the "n" word, I would say that most white people know enough not to say that word, while more and more I read/hear about black people using it at will.

205 days ago
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