Nas and every hip-hop artist needs to read this article. The more Hip-hop artist and black people use the word Nigger, the more we will see cases like this dismissed.
I am tired of the ignorance that plagues our community. Those who feel that they change the word nigger into a term of endearment or take the sting out of the word are not only ignorant, but they have been culturally conditioned to undervalue and marginalize the struggles of our ancestors.
Do you hear any other ethnic group trying to take the sting out of words or terms that are racially offensive to their culture? Do Jewish people walk around calling themselves kikes? Do Hispanics walk around calling themselves wetbacks? So why is it that some black people feel that this is acceptable for us?
We need to wake up and look at ourselves in the mirror. This case is a perfect example of what happens when we loose our self respect. You have a kid who says a racist phrase to a black student (”Nigga get off the boat, nigga” ) and hate crime charges are dropped because the defendant claims that it was said more as a hip-hop cultural slang than racial insult. Look at what we are doing to ourselves? We are disrespecting our culture by aiding and abedding in our own demise. I am sick of it, and it must stop!!!!