Public Enemy’s ringleader Chuck D spoke out to TMZ about the use of the N-word in Hip Hop shortly after Suge Knight proposed the controversial idea on the inaccuracy of the term “African-American.”
Even though the socially and politically aware Chuck D agrees that the AA term isn’t the most befitting, he still believes that allowing the masses to call black people the ‘N’ word would not only set the race back years of struggle, but would also cripple those who do not yet fully understand the word and its usage.
“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.”
He added on by calling rappers work-shy for using the ‘N’ word on wax, “more than 3 times [in] a song. It’s lazy. Especially when out of context.”
So, as Public Enemy so eloquently put it once, “I Don’t Wanna Be Called Yo N***a.”