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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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Suge killed 2pac

318 days ago

harvey is racist    

tmz is turning into one of the most racist sites on the internet

every freaking day its somethingabout black people..often derogatory in nature..any story they can find that paints black people in a ridiculous or stereotypical manner, they are quick to put it on with eye popping title.

i used to like this site and their tv program but as a black person in america its just becoming very alienating to come on this site or even watching their show.

the constant tolerated racism that harvey and his crew put on here towards black people is way out of bounds.

The part that trips me out is any hint of racism towards jewish people is quickly and automatically deleted..THey dont allow that type of buffoonery against his own people.

but it seems to be fair game against black people

Harvey, you are indeed very very racist or atleast prejudicial towards us. Absolutely despicable.

318 days ago


Stop blaming white people for everything, stop using them as your excuse

318 days ago

Tammy LM    

And you know something..... The more offesive you find the word ni**r, the more power you give those who want to offend you with it.

It's a word. A word means nothing. It's the sentiment that's behind it that is what people are truly offended and hurt by, and it's nothing but denial if you think that is something you can change by the removal or censorship of a simple english word.

It's also ignorant as hell that black people call each other a word they find the most offensive in the english language and are happy to do so. Yet if anyone of another color uses that word, then it's offensive. That in and of itself is retarded. If you don't want white people specifically to use that word, then don't YOU ever use it again either.

Suge Knight had a good idea as much as i hate to admit that once. Get over it and you take away people's ability to offend with the word altogether.

318 days ago


Chuck D. via Public Enemy wrote a song about that years ago (Flava Flav sang it)! chuck D. is the man.

318 days ago


Anyone with a Grade 4 education understands the use of the N word is disparaging and ignorant. Obviously people have their right to self-indetitfy as anything that would like, but it will still remain ignorant.

318 days ago


Yeah on this one... whatever

318 days ago

Macc 6400    

Finally, a comment from an INTELLIGENT rapper!

318 days ago


Hey Chuck, you're talking to the wrong team.

318 days ago


White America couldn't care less about that crap! WGAS WGAF

318 days ago


Who came with the word anyway? ??

318 days ago


Omg we get it already!

Now can you stop calling "white" people crackers?

How about this

We just call each other ****ing humans! And stop giveing labels based on what we look like.

Omg everyone, evolve a little already!

318 days ago

Black Dirt Goodness    

I just visit tmz to get the addresses of the interracial dating sites.

318 days ago


Rap music today is lazy anyway you put it. I should say main stream rap. Its a bunch of gibberish. Rappers used to tell a story in their songs. Now its just a bunch of words thrown together that mean nothing. There are only a few real artists out. The rest are garbage. And you can't really blame the white race for wanting to use the n word. Blacks are ones keeping it alive. And as long as middle America has access to lil Wayne or 2 chains CD, everyone will be using the word. They made the word mainstream along with other popular rappers.

318 days ago


Wow TMZ I get that you're a gossip site but you reach new lows with that public vote on the word. Are you kidding?? We're looking at over 200 years of that word striking fear and shame in the hearts of people of colour. Just because a bunch of rappers decide to throw it around in the 2000s doesn't make it okay.

318 days ago
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