While in New York, Tyler, The Creator spoke on his views pertaining to race, racism and the n-word. When the topic of the n-word came up during his interview with Hot 97, Tyler was open about not caring if White people say “nigga.”
“We don’t actually give a fuck about that shit,” he said when asked about White people using “nigga.” “Mothafuckers who care are the reason racism is still alive.”
Confronted about the historical view of the term as a derogatory one, Tyler said that is not on his “palette.”
“That’s sick. That’s cool,” he said about those who fought for racial equality and against the derogatory term in the past. “I guess people my age, we’re not even thinking like that. When you think like that, you keep the racism alive when that’s not even on our palette.”
He was then asked what he stands for.
“Being rich and trying to have as much fun as I can,” he replied.
While that part of the conversation dealt with White people saying “nigga,” he was also asked about how he’d respond to a hateful expression of the full derogatory n-word.
“I don’t know,” he said. “It’s a then and there thing. It’s never happened.”
More from the interview can be seen below, courtesy of Hot 97.