Former Death Row Records boss Suge Knight landed himself in a mess of controversy earlier this week when he told TMZ that he would rather be called a ni**er rather than African-American. Knight’s opinion led the gossip site to put a poll in the post asking whether Black people should be called African-American or ni**as. Well, that didn’t sit well with Public Enemy frontman Chuck D and he had a few choice words for TMZ and Suge Knight.

Chuck D does agree that African-American isn’t a proper term to describe Black Americans because technically actress Charlize Theron is African-American. However, Chuck D says the n-word is too connected to a history of blood, lynchings, and oppression to just be thrown around the way it is. “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.”

As a matter of fact, Chuck D believes that any rapper who uses the epithet in a song more than three times is just being lazy and shows a lack of creativity. So these young rappers better get on their jobs because they use the n-word all of the time, which means they need to get more creative with their wordplay.

What do you think about the n-word debate? Sound off.

5 thoughts on “Chuck D: Don’t Believe Suge Knight’s N-Word Hype

  1. I am black!!! I am not an African American. Our ancestors were not allowed to know where they came from so I’m not sure if I am of African decent. I am black!!!

  2. Chuck hits on several key points, and I couldn’t agree more with the word being tied to so much negative history and dehumanization that it shouldn’t be used. I feel the term Black-american also denies history, because these Black americans were not able to just arrive in this country on their own, so to even be at a point where you have invested pride in being black is because of the struggle of our African ancestors. Will these Black americans trace their ancestory back to a point of black, or to a point of origin with an African connection? Imperialism created these Europeans born on African soil, and that has proven detrimental to the continents well-being so why give them any special recognition for being born in a land their ancestors exploited?

  3. Byron C. Douglas on said:

    I am comfortable with Black and African American. Black, because of the Black Power Movement; African American because it bespeaks of cultural and geographical origin. I consider Charlize Theron’s origins to be European given that any white person born on the continent more than likely is of British, Dutch, or German descent, especially if they are South African

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