Malcolm X's Daughter White People Can Sing the N-Word If Black People Record It

2/10/2015 1:05 PM PST

Ilyasah Shabazz -- daughter of civil rights leader Malcolm X -- believes people of all races can freely drop n-bombs in public ... as long as black artists keep using it. 

Shabazz was outside Spago when she made the comment -- which many will find surprising considering her father's history. Watch, she also takes hip-hop to task for how frequently the n-word is used.

It's a far cry from "by any means necessary" ... but extremely thought provoking.

Also interesting -- would Malcolm X have voted for Barack Obama? Check out Ilyasah's response.

By the way ... Spago? We've come a long way.