Chuck D was asked to address Suge Knight’s recent declaration that he prefers to be called “the n-word” over “African American.” The Public Enemy emcee spoke on the historical context of the n-word. 

“Being called Black in America is the struggle to keep us moving and breathing over bloody water,” Chuck said to “Being a nigger or [nigga] without the context of history is like drowning in bloody water, dragging down those yet knowing to swim.”

YG was also recently asked to address Knight’s comments

“That word, it got a lot of history,” YG said. “It got a lot of people that, you feel me, been through a lot of shit behind that word. You feel me? But I feel like people use the word anyways on an everyday basis. The word is based off of friendship. When you say the ‘n-word’, ‘that’s my n-word,’ you saying ‘that’s my homie.’ So, this how I feel about it a little bit too. If the people using that word as a word to like uplift they friend or like say ‘that’s my homie, that’s my friend,’ I feel like it’s love. Because they ain’t using it in a disrespectful way.”

Suge Knight spoke about the “n-word” recently, saying he dislikes the term “African American.”

“A lot of times when people say the n-word, I like that better than African American,” Knight said. “We’re not from Africa. We’re black. Even Africans don’t call themselves African.”

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