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

Updated: Aug 9

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.


The time is now right, for the music and black communities to realise they should throw the word 'nigger' out with the trash.


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


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 gives the impression that it is a 'fait accompli' and 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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