Me and my uncle was having a conversation in the car the other day and I told him how I liked Jay-Z's most recent album " 4:44 " and how a lot of the topics he was harping on was gonna get overlooked. My Uncle proceeded to say that him and Kanye West shouldn't say the N-Word on their songs anymore. Honestly I didn't see the issue, I feel like myself personally if you take the emotion out of the word, it's just a word in my eyes. Today, I thought about the convo again and I second my Uncle's opinion and here's why:
The only reason they should re-frame from using the word is because they both have a large audience outside the black community but it's much deeper than those other audiences repeating the word after their lyrics. It's more so about the way they make the black community look. Other nationalities are mortified with interacting with us in our communities, so the only way they know what reflects in the black community is through media. The issue with this is that other nationalities don't keep up with our media like we do, so the only major reflections of us that do reach out to them ( I.E. Jay-Z, Kanye, Kendrick, J. Cole ) should be very precise on how they make the black community seem and look. From what I heard on Jay-Z's album, it sounds like he was trying to " Son " our community and put us on game. In reality, we lose power for this because it seems like we need a higher platform's guidance, rarely did I hear him speaking fondly about our community. Other races listen and views it and opinionates us subjectively on what they heard/seen and in their minds all black people are like that.
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