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EDITOR’S NOTE: Previous headline was an editorial decision, it was not a direct quote of Don Lemon.

Justin Bieber, the 20-year-old troubled pop singer is now getting heat because of back to back n-word scandals, both of which were caught on tape.

Both incidents were from a few years back when Bieber was a teenager.

The first one surfaced on Monday.

He was 15-years old when, with cameras rolling, he told a racist joke.

The video was posted on TMZ of Bieber asking, “Why are black people afraid of chain saws?”

He then answered his own question with the statement “Run n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****,” imitating the sound of a chain saw.

He apologized in a statement by saying, “As a young man, I didn’t understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt. I thought it was OK to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but didn’t realize at the time that it wasn’t funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance.”

Then two days later another video surfaced of Bieber changing the words to one of his hit songs “One Less Lonely Girl” to “One Less Lonely N-word” and singing about joining the KKK.

According to CNN, a source close to the singer said the teen immediately realized his error and told his mentors, Usher and Will Smith, about the video.

By the way Usher wrote the song- the original one- not the n-word one.

The source says Usher then “showed Bieber some historically racist videos to teach him about the hurtful nature of such words and takes full responsibility for his youthful actions.”

Here’s the problem with that.He supposedly had learned his lesson from this incident which happened when he was 14.

If he had learned the lesson then, the first incident to surface where he was 15 would never have happened.

Some are saying Bieber is racist.

Is he?

I don’t know.

But I do know that this is the danger of the proliferation of the use of the n-word.

People hear it in music.

They hear it on the street.

They hear it almost everywhere and they subliminally become immune.

Very frequently I hear young people of all ages, in public, who can barely get through a sentence without using the word; even calling each other n-words — of all different ethnicities.

Clearly Justin Bieber, a young man who by the way, has immersed himself in black, Hip Hop culture should not be saying the n-word.

So the question is, if you want people like Justin Bieber to stop using it and to stop making excuses for using it, shouldn’t you do the same?


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22 thoughts on “LEMON: ‘So the Question Is, If You Want People Like Justin Bieber to Stop Using [the N-Word], Shouldn’t You Do The Same?’

  1. The word was used by whites as a negative term to describe blacks. If black people hate the word so much, why didn’t they just let the whites keep it, instead of taking a word, made up by whites to degrade, humiliate and dehumanize black people and make it their own? And if the answer is it was done to take away the power that the word had to affect blacks, then I’d say, Epic Fail.

  2. JAMES L PERRY on said:


  3. The only thing worst than people saying the N-word are people who build their careers on people saying the N-word. I believe in terms of endearment and that all of us are guilty of racist, sexist and bigamist rants in our own personal lives. It seems like the more sensitive black people get, the less sense they get. If we were to address our derogatory wealth issues like we address our derogatory word issues; we’ll be a bunch of rich niggas…

  4. I am speaking as an outsider. This is not about the use of the N word. I don’t understand why he is saying about joining kkk, or say “n n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****,” imitating the sound of a chain saw’, . Slavery is the most appalling and shameful history of humanity. Why should any one, at any age would consider joking about it.

  5. Shirley on said:

    I think everyone should stop using the N word. I think it is a horrible word and should never used from any oneof any nationally. I hate to even see it in print on social media cartoons.

  6. Brewster Boy on said:

    Everybody &Anybody using the “N” word DEMEAN THEMSELVES!! They should be disassociated with PERIOD!!!!

  7. Lydia on said:

    This video goes above and beyond the usual, more casual use of the word. When he throws in the little tidbit about, you know, murder and the KKK, he crossed the line from the issues being discussed in this article (which I am not disagreeing with) on to straight up racism and I don’t think we should downplay that.

  8. UgoBabeeeeeee on said:

    you commenters are really obtuse if you can not understand what this writer is saying…..and yes!! Don Lemon hip hop is partially to blame for the normalization of this slur….black people hiding their head in the sand can not simply comprehend….

  9. Nancy Williamson on said:

    Why are people so sensitive? Stand-up comedians use the word all the time. Almost every comedian makes jokes about different races. Back in the day, for those over 30, every joke started by saying… there was Black man, white man, and Chinese man. People can’t even have an opinion anymore. If you don’t like what someone says, turn the station, don’t buy their music, or don’t support them. Most importantly, get over it!!!

  10. Stephen J. on said:

    Don, I respectfully disagree. I understand your viewpoint, but it seems to be a pattern with you blaming Afro-Americans for racism we encounter. You also have a low tolerance for people who disagree with you.

  11. Kimberly on said:

    Why are we giving this bafoonery of a subject any fire. Nigga comes from Nagas. Ancient African deity Nagas ppl. . . Learn something to back up the word instead of pacifying these fools WITH DISTRACTIONS on how to unite Nubian ppl. Other than Soul Brother and Sister’s history, this site is going into the wrong direction.

  12. I said it. on said:

    I guess AA’s are to blame for Slavery, Segregation,Jim Crow, and the majority of serial killings. What isn’t our fault? This little boy said what he said and people should let him man up and own what he said instead of claiming that A.A.’s made him do it, or set him up (ala Sterling).

  13. Aaron on said:

    Bring back Tavis smiley!! Don Lemon is the biggest white supremacy apologist the world has ever seen. So now hip-hop creates white racist? Instead of placing the blame on artist why not attack the CEO’s and distributors of hip hop? Oh that’s right Universal music group frightens Mr Lemon.

  14. James on said:

    Yes. White people never said the n-word before rap music. This country was perfect until rappers came along and ruined it.

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