Is it time to ditch the use of the word 'nigger' in the music industry?.

Updated: Jun 24

The fact that black people, and in particular black musicians (in specific genres), use the word ‘nigger’ on a regular basis is often weaponised by some white people as some sort of justification to use the word against black people. It is low hanging fruit after all.


The time is now right for the music and black community to realise they throw the word 'nigger' out with the trash, in light of the #Blacklivesmatter movement in the Spring of 2020.


#Blacklivesmatter and their supporters are rightly demanding that serious changes are made to correct the wrongs of racism and systemic racial injustice. It is now time that those systems that uphold the unconscious biases and injustices against black people are forced to change. That said, the black /music community must now also look inward and demonstrate a strong exemplary lead.


James Baldwin argued that the white man could not take responsibility, or see black people as fellow human beings, so they invented the word 'nigger'. In my view it is not our word, it has never been our word and taking ownership of the word is defeatist in so much as, it appears that it cannot be changed.


“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” - James Baldwin



It is unfortunate that the black music community is the architect of the ambiguity surrounding the use of the word 'nigger', and given the strong efforts across the globe to right the wrongs of racism once and for all, the word 'nigger' should now come to a fitting end.


As James Baldwin said “ I am not a nigger, I am a man”.





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