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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.

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61.

Blackbusiness    

Tmz Gossip Queens at its best Plague to America..A question was asked to Morgan Freeman how do we Stop Racism? His Answer was Simple STOP TALKING ABOUT IT "TMZ" Americans know what's your Racist Agenda..stop dividing the Nation with your BS we All Americans One Human Race God forgive them

122 days ago
62.

There's a problem here    

Yo, my ni66a. I hear whatchew sayin' Just callin' a spade a spade, bro.

122 days ago
63.

Pillsbury Pancakes    

Clearly the Force is strong with this one

122 days ago
64.

Joi    

THANK YOU, CHUCK D, for an intelligent explanation of why the "n" word should not be casually thrown around.

However, I need to point out TMZ's totally over-the-top and racist headline. At first glance, you would attribute the line to Chuck D, but there is nothing in the article that states that he said this.

Sadly, it appears that TMZ is now in the race-baiting business. I guess they are about to go in the direction of the Enquirer. How long will it be before we read stories about alien sightings on Hollywood Blvd? How about chupacabra's running wild at Universal Studios?

Anything for a buck Harvey!

122 days ago
65.

Hot Chocolate    

No one is trying to be disrespectful to Chuck D. I think we have a context issue.

I think Suge means that in reference to how he feels the system has treated him. Like when a person is called an American but treated like a slave.

I think Suge has a lot of things to get off his chest and express and he's ready to release that.

You can't take everything at face value. he didn't say everyone else should be called anything. He's expressing his individual opinion.

The great thing about opinions is that they can change.

Chuck, just do me a favor. Don't amp this up and start all the people who like to "villianize" start picking on Suge.

Suge took a back rap and a lot of heat. He's a pioneer of hip hop culture who trailblazed a lot of opportunity for modern hip hop artists and was never given credit.

Let that man express himself and evolve so he can build a new chapter in his life.

I don't think it's good to turn people against someone because you don't agree on an issue.

Suge was treated like a real public enemy whether he did anything or not because he made success through something that was greatly resisted at a time when it wasn't popular.

Suge, you don't need to comment on this one.

You have to get better at taking the criticism and letting it roll off. Don't take it personal.

If you disagree, show it it with action by proving the critic wrong. But both of you two are pioneers who come from different styles.

No beef.

Suge, express yourself without anger and see what you find.

People found your hot spots and buttons and push them. Some want to hurt your feelings.

Now you listen big dog. If something about your feelings is different than the facts, something must be wrong with your feelings.

Respect.

122 days ago
66.

wow    

Chuck should be saying, "listen up Black America...we ain't ni99as"

122 days ago
67.

Woot    

Chuck D.... THAT is a black man who's earned respect.
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Suge is a black man who's earned... absolutely NOTHING.

122 days ago
68.

donald keith    

you may not be but knight is!

122 days ago
69.

en Todo Momento!!    

it's true though. black people/african americans/historical settlers from africa have very independently transformed the very malicious use of the 'nword' into a word they use to define themselves in a cultural context. they made this word what it is today, out of like the broken pieces of who they were. and now everyone thinks they have the same right to use it, simply because 'they use it'. do i drive your car around town, because you do? because your whole family does? no. you'd call me a thief if i did. using the nword because black people use it is not a good enough reason. when white people use it it is racist. it's that simple.

122 days ago
70.

Tamie M    

Does saying it with a "a" count as a whole time in all of these rap songs? Or just with an "er" Give me a break. If this isn't the pot calling the kettle black (no pun intended HAHA) I don't know what is. Suge had it right, when the rappers stop making it a commonality then everyone should stop saying it. All words are dependent on the context they are used. You can make any word when using it for hate sound like the n word. Come on people, not to mention being raised around black people that taught me that if you think it's wrong you don't say it at all, whether it's 2 black people calling each other that as "My n..." or being pissed calling someone "n" If it's offensive then it's offensive plain and simple. Just because you are a certain race doesn't mean you can pick and choose. Take some responsibility for desensitizing everyone to the word all by yourselves, look at who uses it more than anyone else.. Maybe if a certain race didn't use it as every other word out of their mouth it wouldn't be said so often.

122 days ago
71.

Ben    

There is definitely a person known as an "N" word. We see them every day. The problem in calling yourself the "N" word is, it reduces you to the Amos & Andy routine. Why not be--an American of African descent.

121 days ago
72.

She's baaaack    

... and while you're at it don't even start that "slave" sh1t. Slaves had to work without mercy for every single morsel in their stomachs, every single thread on their backs, and every minute of sleep they got. You're about as far as it gets from slavery my ni99a.

121 days ago
73.

tank rollins    

how a bout BOOFER?

121 days ago
74.

bla    

****ing *****s

121 days ago
75.

lisanefertiti    

Rappers confuse the n-word with commas and periods. There is a verse by Master P in Kane and Abel's song Greens, Cornbread, and Cabbage where it is used 22 times.

121 days ago
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