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LORD ZERO
11-29-2006, 12:38 PM
http://allhiphop.com/hiphopnews/?ID=6442

A group of activists gathered in Los Angeles on Monday (Nov. 27) and called for a boycott of the "n-word" and voiced support for an upcoming NAACP campaign to "just say 'no' to the n-word."
The Reverend Jesse Jackson, Rep. Maxine Waters, comedian Paul Mooney and other African-American leaders held a press conference to encourage people of all ethnicity's to avoid using the word.
The press conference and call to refrain from using the word comes on the heels of racist statements by white comedian and Seinfeld costar Michael "Kramer" Richards, during a standup routine at the comedy club The Laugh Factory.
Hecklers berated Richards' routine, which led to Richards using the word n****r repeatedly, during a explicative filled racial tired on the stage, which also made references to lynching black people.
Various rappers from different ethnic backgrounds reacted to the call to boycott the word.
Popular white rapper Paul Wall banished the word from his vocabulary years ago and is supporting the NAACP's call to ban the word from use in the media and entertainment industries.
"I support the NAACP in their cause," Paul Wall told AllHipHop.com. "I think the word is offensive for anybody to use. It's a disgraceful, offensive word that was used to belittle people because of the color of their skin. Its become such a general term, that everyday good people now use the 'n-word' in general conversation. Its meaning and definition have evolved, but its roots are still negative."
Legendary African-American comedian Paul Mooney, who has written controversial material for comedians like Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle, is well known for his using the word in his own comedy routines.
Like Paul Wall and the late Richard Pryor, Mooney has vowed to never use the word again during his routine. "I've used it and abused it, and I never thought I'd say this," Mooney said. "Richards is my Dr. Phil he's cured me."
The activists are hoping rappers will follow Paul Wall and Mooney's lead, but may be met with resistance. Queens-bred bilingual rapper Noreaga, who is black and Puerto Rican, had a different opinion.
"Man, Seinfeld was my show and Kramer, he was my favorite character," Noreaga lamented. "But f**k him. Why run to his aid? There are neighborhoods in the U.S. and in Puerto Rico that look like Third World countries. I definitely don't plan to change my vocabulary or speech pattern because of this incident. You never hear from these leaders until something controversial happens."
African-American rapper Chamillionaire is known for his curse word-free, street oriented rhymes.
The Houston, Texas rapper noted the history of the word and explained the word has become a part of general culture.
"Its not just rappers its as African-Americans in general, we do a lot of things that are opposite of past history," Chamillionaire said. "We wear flashy jewelry and brag like its a trophy, when people in the present and past history would get killed for the diamonds. We promote violence and drugs but complain about violence and drugs. We don't vote but complain about who is in office. We throw the 'n-word' around like its a good thing, when in the past it was one of the most dreadful words. All this stuff has grown to become a part of the culture."
Paul Wall agreed and while he doesn't use the word, he is frequently referred to as a n***a by friends and fans.
"I don't use it because my mother raised me to believe that it is an offensive word regardless of who says it," Paul Wall explained. "But being that the word is so common, I am referred to by the 'n-word' everyday. 'Paul Wall, n***a you my favorite rapper.' 'That n***a Paul Wall got a clean grill.' Last year in Ozone Magazine, I won the "Realest N***a Award. It obviously was a joke though."
Political activist, radio host and Hip-Hop historian Davey D. acknowledge Paul Wall's plight in escaping the word's popularity and its growing use among various races.
"One thing to keep in mind about the popularity of the 'n-word' is that corporate owned media outlets and record labels gave platforms for folks to use that word at will," Davey D. told AllHipHop.com. "The end result has been everybody feeling they can use it, without the general connotation and association being changed. Sadly, those same outlets are quick to shut down access when these same black folks who like to use the 'n-word' come to the table to speak about politics or against Bush, white oppression, Katrina or the War in Iraq, suddenly we get shut down. Suddenly they don't have platforms or time to hear us speak. When a person or institution makes you believe that you are somehow being empowered while they are simultaneously oppressing you, its called pimping."
Reverend Jesse Jackson and other activists are planning a series of meetings with TV networks, film companies and musicians to discuss banning the 'n-word.'
Jackson also called for a boycott of Seinfeld: Season 7, which was recently released on DVD.
"Racism is alive in America and I been all over the world," Noreaga told AllHipHop.com. "What hurts me the most, is when you have an actor of such stature and he says your a n****r, and I think that's how he really feels. What also makes me mad is when you got Jesse [Jackson] running to his aid, as if he didn't mean to say it. Man f**k that motherf***er."

TAURO
11-29-2006, 12:45 PM
I don't like it when spanish people use it, it makes no sense we are not black, just because some of us have african roots does not give us a free pass to use it.

I bet I know what alot of latins here are gonna say "we grew up around that shit" thats a cop out answer to me, I grew up in a rough area and I never used the word in such a casual term.

frosted592
11-29-2006, 12:54 PM
It's a fkn word man

Nigga whoot

tha god concept
11-29-2006, 01:01 PM
co-sign^^^^^

you cant ban a werd.....shits fuckin retarded

Ink Is My Drink
11-29-2006, 04:48 PM
yeh i agree with this

its a word that was and is used to insult a race so i dont understand why anyone would want to say the word. especially if you black come on jus think about what it really means.

and people syaing its only a word...wtf yhe its a word but an offensive word. say somone coems up to you and says fuk you, you nigger, ive got a feeling you wouldnt be too happy about it. or would u jus be like dont worry they just words?

okay people will prob hate against my view on this but whatever its jus how i see it

Dokuro
11-29-2006, 04:52 PM
i dont use it know one should its rong and demining like porn


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MaXiMus Da MaNtis
11-29-2006, 04:56 PM
nigger...... yeah bann that word

nigga is a conceptaul phrase in our culture weather you use it is up too you......

it is a responsible word therefore you must be carefull with it

sorta like hot food you can eat it but eat it on the wrong day you fucked


i was brought up on the term there fore i'll die on the term

nigger yeah bann it

nigga nah .....its apart of our freedom to say words ...but also our responsibility to harness it proper nah meen

tha god concept
11-29-2006, 04:57 PM
yeh i agree with this

its a word that was and is used to insult a race so i dont understand why anyone would want to say the word. especially if you black come on jus think about what it really means.

and people syaing its only a word...wtf yhe its a word but an offensive word. say somone coems up to you and says fuk you, you nigger, ive got a feeling you wouldnt be too happy about it. or would u jus be like dont worry they just words?

okay people will prob hate against my view on this but whatever its jus how i see it

so just because its an OFFENSIVE word it should be banned????.....so what about the word FAGGOT tha gets thrown around so loosely....im sure homos aint to thrilled with that either....so does that mean it should be banned aswell

fuck censorship....

MaXiMus Da MaNtis
11-29-2006, 05:05 PM
I don't like it when spanish people use it, it makes no sense we are not black, just because some of us have african roots does not give us a free pass to use it.

I bet I know what alot of latins here are gonna say "we grew up around that shit" thats a cop out answer to me, I grew up in a rough area and I never used the word in such a casual term.




i just read this and yeah inna a sense your right ....but in heart its just the way it is ....we were slaves too homie the taino indian slave merged wit the africans from the triangular slave circle ....we were just as dark and confused with them .....im not sayin this as a excuse to say one word cuz there are many call me a spic i might get madd .........but hey its a fucked up world and niggas must stay strong in your beliefs .....

MaXiMus Da MaNtis
11-29-2006, 05:10 PM
Queens-bred bilingual rapper Noreaga, who is black and Puerto Rican, had a different opinion.
"Man, Seinfeld was my show and Kramer, he was my favorite character," Noreaga lamented. "But f**k him. Why run to his aid? There are neighborhoods in the U.S. and in Puerto Rico that look like Third World countries. I definitely don't plan to change my vocabulary or speech pattern because of this incident. You never hear from these leaders until something controversial happens."







Well Put From Nore Good Read Zero

Ink Is My Drink
11-29-2006, 05:26 PM
so just because its an OFFENSIVE word it should be banned????.....so what about the word FAGGOT tha gets thrown around so loosely....im sure homos aint to thrilled with that either....so does that mean it should be banned aswell

fuck censorship....


nah i dont think the word should be banned no word should be banned cos thats jus ridiculous. when people say the word i dont care im not gonna sya to them dont say thsat word jus me personally think its wrong and jus think people should think about what it means before saying. and if you still wanna use it...well use it i guess

Dirty Knowledge
11-29-2006, 05:34 PM
N.O.R.E. speaks the truth as always. NIGGA WHAAATTT!!!

Dirty Knowledge
11-29-2006, 05:35 PM
And why wouldn't the great Rev. wanna ban words like Cracker? So we can get rid of NIGGER and take away the offensive term to a black? ..but.. let's turn the cheek to Asians who are called CHINKS? JAPS? Whatever.. Italian WOPS? JEW BASTARDS? CHEAP JEWS? C'mon Rev... step your game up kid.

Wongo921
11-29-2006, 07:00 PM
You cannot ban words. However, it is extremely important understand that words have a lot more meaning than what just at the surface. It's important to look at the context when things are being said. Michael Richards was being heckled by black fans, and it seems clear that he said what he said to put down people, to make them feel that they are below him. However, when hip hop artists say nigga, they are not putting others down, and I don't feel that they are putting themselves down. I think that it can be said that language in hip hop is empowering, because black artists are taking something that was used for oppression, and are using it to show thier pride and unity as a people.


Basically, my point can be summed up in one phrase:
"Why do I call myself a nigga so quick? Because I can reach in my drawers and pull out a bigger dick!"- Eazy E

PDTantisocial
11-29-2006, 07:03 PM
Freedom of speech assholes, Nazist bastards

Wongo921
11-29-2006, 07:13 PM
Racism is rampant in the United States, yet people try to act like it is not there. It takes some stupid controversy for people to address issues that should have been addressed a long time ago. And also, I think it is supid to focus this much attention on one word. The issue is not the use of the word, it is racism. So what if you ban one word? Racism still runs rampant. Chamillionaire mentioned something about voting. I read this in a book called "The Rich get Richer and the Poor get Prison" for a class I am taking, and it is an obvous point that a lot of people fail to realize. The police are trained to target blacks, especially in poor communities. The criminal justice system is extremely unfair to blacks, so a much larger percentage of people in prison are black. Convicted felons loose the right to vote, so a significant percentage of the black population is not able to let their voice be heard in politics. There are much bigger issues to address in regards to the fight to end racism than the use of a word.

TAURO
11-29-2006, 08:30 PM
i just read this and yeah inna a sense your right ....but in heart its just the way it is ....we were slaves too homie the taino indian slave merged wit the africans from the triangular slave circle ....we were just as dark and confused with them .....im not sayin this as a excuse to say one word cuz there are many call me a spic i might get madd .........but hey its a fucked up world and niggas must stay strong in your beliefs .....

Don't get it twisted, if im around a group of latinos and they start using that word in a casual manner I would not go off on one and start giving them a big speach about the latinos and blacks etc.....but I just choose not to use it myself, it don't sound right coming from me so I choose not to use it.

ThereisnoG.O.A.Tok
11-29-2006, 08:34 PM
I don't have a problem with not saying it. . and ignorant people it's more than just a word and woop or whatever it's a start. You have to start somewhere. So why not change the way the people think. Nore I do not agree with because people have bee addressing that issue for a long time, it's now in the sense where this word is going. It means the same coming out of any race gender and persons mouth. No matter how you word it. It's a start. Teach the youth how to value what black forefathers has fought for and against and we have less prison sentencing and more graduation and business firms with black names on it. More chemist, and lest drug dealers. and so on. I vote and is very active in politics why, because what they white man says and does it effect me. And you also

sonny getz
11-30-2006, 02:08 PM
people can say whatever they want, i'm a strong supporter of the first amendment. if someone doesn't want to say a word that's fine, they don't have to say it. just like if someone else wants to say it, they have that right, also. i'm not black, so i'm not gonna try to argue as to whether or not the term nigga should be used.

i don't like hearing people using racial slurs (in general, not just 'nigger') but it's outrageous to try to 'ban' it, that's just laughable. all these self-righteous PC assholes who come out to bitch about it irritate me because nothing get accomplished when a bunch of people who aren't racist refuse to use a racial slur. what jesse jackson (a man who's made racist comments in public, himself ) should do if he wants to make a difference is educate kids that come from racist homes, not boycott a DVD. and i'm sorry, but as far as racism goes, i think there's alot more pressing issues than michael richards flipping out on some dudes in a club.

INF
11-30-2006, 02:13 PM
I'm all for FOS(freedom of speech) , but I've grown up like this and maybe its time that we stopped. idk....

ShaDynasty
12-01-2006, 02:45 AM
they should stop using the word, gets very boring hearing it in rap songs all the time