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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

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." 

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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Jason Reese    

Thank You Chuck D. Today's rappers have no clue about common sense or decency.

246 days ago

Plain Dealing    

I think it's totally ignorant for any person to use the N word, especially Black Americans. How can you be proud to use such a word that's meaning to degrade you, your ancestors and your history ?

246 days ago


You call yourself Chuck D. Enough said.

246 days ago

Double Bubble    

Soooo what's the verdict? Are we calling people nigs again or not? I'm confused, but then again so are the blacks apparently..

246 days ago


Chuck and PE built a career and wrote album after album of amazing tunes without once using the N word. If only hip hop could take a leaf out of their book.

244 days ago


I never understood why jews were persecuted throughout history. I always thought people should just give peace a chance and live and let live. Nevertheless, it would be nice if the folks behind all these hateful, racist articles would kick rocks.

236 days ago
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