When a White Rapper Uses the N-Word, are We to Blame?

28 Jul

By JasmineHughes

With criticism growing by the day of a white female rapper’s use of the N-word (V-Nasty), people are beginning to speak out. Andy Milonakis,a white actor, who often imitates hip-hop culture, has decided to defend V-nasty’s use of the N-word.

On a clip posted on YouTube by the actor himself, Milonakis said, “My problem is people spinning their own f—–g idea of another human being that they don’t f—–g know. That to me is ignorant. Have you ever been to a ‘hood? Have you ever been to Atlanta, or East Oakland? Every race drops the N-bomb. You’re dissing someone who is on your team.”

Many argue that his statements and perspective are null and void because he is not of a minority background and therefore cannot relate to the history of the word.

On July 22, V-Nasty released a video where she defended her use of the N-word. “Is it a f—–g race?” V-Nasty said. “Am I offending people or using it in a disrespectful type of way? Y’all mad at that? Y’all need to be mad at this album.”

Though many are upset with the female rapper for her lack of discretion, there has also been discussion about whether some of the blame should be put on today’s rap culture that made the use of the N-word acceptable.

Hip-hop is enjoyed by fans worldwide. Along with some white Americans, there are individuals who reside in other countries who think it’s acceptable to think of, and call, black Americans the N-word.

Despite this, some Blacks do not see a problem with a shared use of the word. The lead host of New York’s Power 105 radio station, Charlamagne tha God, explained his approval of the use of the N-word by non-blacks. “I don’t get mad for white people using the N-word for the simple fact that black people use it all the time and if we want other people to stop using it, we should stop using it. I think it’s very hypocritical when we attack other people for using it, when we use it all the time,” he said.

As evidenced by both Charlamagne and V-nasty’s words and behavior, it’s clear that hip-hop’s use of the N-word has an influence on the language of popular culture. It’s also obvious by the uproar surrounding the issue that V-Nasty’s use of the word is disruptive and harmful to many. Perhaps it’s time to not only address the language of this rapper, but also the power and use of this word.

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12 Responses to “When a White Rapper Uses the N-Word, are We to Blame?”

  1. Fred Sims July 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    But why does a white person need to use the word? If Im holding a gun to my head is that an excuse for someone to shoot me because I was going to kill myself anyway?.What does that say about the person who shoots me? what does that say about thier state of mind. That being said I hate the N word. and will use it when I see Asians call themselves Gooks, Jews call themselves hymies ect.Blacks who do decide to use the word are little more than agents for thier own oppression. But then If one knows better one does better.

  2. MXL July 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    “… today’s rap culture that made the use of the N-word acceptable.”

    The N-word was thrown around by Blacks long before Hip-Hop became the most dominant force in pop culture. Go back and look at old Black comics (Richard Pryor, Robin Harris, Eddie Murphy, Redd Foxx, etc.) who used the word just as liberally as many of today’s MCs. I hate when folks act like Hip-Hop invented the word “nigga” and that those within the culture magically make everybody say it. Finding the root of the word’s usage will require more digging and thought. Blaming Hip-Hop is the lazy way out.

  3. Kai Epic July 28, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    FIRST OF ALL THIS UGLY WHITE WITCH KNOWS THAT SHE WILL NEVER GET ANY WHERE IN THE INDUSTRY NOW. IF YOU WANT TO TRY TO BE BOUT SO BADLY THAT YOU’D USE A WORD THAT ANOTHER RACE OF PEOPLE WERE DENEGRATED BY, GO RIGHT AHEAD. BUT I GURANTEE YOU WON’T BE HEARING FROM THIS WITCH ON ANY TYPE OF BILLBOARD CHARTS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. SHE BROUGHT ABOUT HER OWN CAREER DEATH SENTENCE. I DON’T CARE WHAT BLACK PERSON USES THE WORD, ANOTHER RACE SHOULD NEVER USE IT PERIOD.

  4. cleo jones July 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    Aren’t there more challenging things to write about than this? This beating a dead horse.

    To say you are from Rutgers and this is the type of silliness you want us to comment is unbelievable.

    Why not cover why single mother hood is a thriving issue in the black community. Try to use that education you spend a pretty penny on.

    • Nkeon April 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

      Well if you think there are more challenging things to write about why don’t you do the honours? The ‘n’ word is social stigma that is still very relevant today. It is good to encourage debate; that’s what drives change.

  5. Anonymous July 29, 2011 at 2:45 am #

    Has a black man we have become to relaxed with white america we are one of the most excepting cultures and the most disrespected.The n word was use in the black community has a term of endearment and expressions of disagreements.Has a culture we thought we had arrived we open the flood gates and told white america all our secrets.Now the N word is used by all who want to use it.White rappers will continue to use the word. Black rap artist think they have arrived that’s one of the reasons the N word remains in lot of the lyics.So what now black america.

  6. doverdavis July 29, 2011 at 3:47 am #

    The N-word is a racist stereotype.

    The use of the N-word by Hip Hop rappers is racism. When rappers use the N-word, they stereotype themselves and members of their ethnic group. The mind doesn’t differentiate by source only by label or image. It attaches that word to the person using it or hearing it. So, the user labels himself or herself and receives the damaging effects of mental degradation and psychological harm unconsciously or subliminally.

    Thus, when the user looks into the mirror, he sees the N-word unconsciously, but, consciously, he or she sees the distorted and foolish image that he or she has attached to the N-word. Eventually, the two mental extremes clash, resulting in an unnoticed mental disorder.

    Moreover, when he sees another member of his group, he sees that member in the same manner as he sees himself with the same unconscious and conscious effects.

    Eventually, he and that member will clash without realizing the source of their conflict. As for Charlamagne, he is obviously suffering from an unnoticed mental disorder for supporting a white racist who consciously sees him as the N-word.

    The sad irony would exist if he is mistreated by a white cop who hates Black people. He would probably call the cop a racist without realizing that his mindset and actions reinforced the cop’s behavior.

    In sum, intelligent Black people don’t use the N-word. Only people with low self esteem suffering from an inferiority complex use that word.

  7. Captain Ralph Jones US Army Retired July 29, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    As a young person it was common for us to refer to each other as Nigga this or Nigga that. I confess that as a child attending white schools I cracked a few faces for calling me a Nigga. As a young man in Corps in Asia I met women that were married to black men and dated black men that talked to them just like a lot of sistas did using the N word.

    As a Soldier in Europe I heard rap music being played using the N word. At the Caddilac Club in Munic it was common to hear German women that were either married to or dating black men use the N word.

    I’ve been stopped at a traffic light with white teenagers beside me playing Tu Pak extremely loud while repeating every word he said. I think white rappers are really into the music trying to sound as gangsta as their black counter part. Yes, it still is offensive to me for whites to refer to me as a Nigga.

    In Spain I was accosted by three British Teens hurling another word Wanker. After a little research I found that the word Wanker is another form of Nigga.
    White Rappers will continue to use the N word as long as their music sells. The funkier they can make it with the hardest beats mean they will have a stage to call you anything they want with the approval of the public.

    Take the N word out of Black Rap Music and their direction will change. Remember they go to the clubs and concerts to hear the best.

  8. Sup August 17, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    How come its a controversy when a white woman rapper used the N word, but 90 percent of black MCs out there throw the “Bitch” word in every rap they put out and no one cares. Hypocrisy and sexism.

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