Rapper has dismissed comparisons between sexist hip-hop lyrics and the recent racist remarks made by radio DJ Don Imus.
Imus was suspended by CBS Radio and MSNBC on Monday after he referred to the Rutgers University women’s basketball team as ‘nappy-headed hos’–a racially charged sexist term.
Snoop frequently refers to women as “b**ches” and “hos” in his music, but he insists Imus’ use of the term was unacceptable and the 66-year-old DJ should be taken off the air.
The Doggystyle star says, “It’s a completely different scenario.”
Alabama college hosts ‘n-word’ conference February 26, 2007Posted by C.A.R.D in African Americans, African-American, Alisea McLeod, Andrew Hacker, Black, Blacks, Free Speech, Freedom of Speech, Hip Hop, n-word conference, nigga, nigger, racial slurs, Racism, Racist, rap, Stillman College, Tim Robinson.
With a debate swirling nationwide over the n-word, a historically black college in Alabama has set aside four days to discuss the racial slur.Participants at the conference, which began Thursday and ends Sunday, discussed topics ranging from the origins of the epithet to whether juggling a few letters makes it socially acceptable at the “N” Surrection Conference at Stillman College.
Organizers said the goal of the event is to challenge the use of the n-word “through the use of intelligent dialogue and a thorough examination of black history.”
Debate over the use of the word has escalated in recent months, with comedian Michael Richards’ racial rant prompting black leaders such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and California Congresswoman Maxine Waters to urge the public and the entertainment industry to stop using it.
Clarence Sutton Sr., president of the Tuscaloosa chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said he’s taken deep offense to the slur since a 1960 incident when a knife-wielding white youth slapped him and said “Nigger, you wanna fight?”
“From that time on in my life, the word nigger was personal. I associated it with the hate and the very deep disdain that this gentleman had perpetrated on me at the time,” he said.
These days, Sutton said, it’s mostly other blacks he finds using the word.
“I’m fighting now because we have lost a generation of young people who don’t know the history associated with that word,” Sutton said.
Racism behind Texas Mayor’s N-Word Ban? February 4, 2007Posted by C.A.R.D in African Americans, African-American, anti-black, Black, Blacks, Brazoria County, Brazoria Texas, Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, Free Speech, gangsta rap, Hip Hop, Hurricane Katrina, Isaiah Washington, Katrina, Mel Gibson, Michael Richard, nigger, Racism, Racism Texas, Racist.
From Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic rant, to Michael Richard’s racist tirade, to the anti-gay slurs voiced by Grey’s Anatomy star, Isaiah Washington, the question on my mind has been, “Where did all of that hatred come from, and what, if anything, does it say about the state of America’s melting pot?”
It is against this backdrop that Brazoria, Texas mayor, Ken Corley, who is 62 and white, recently sought to outlaw use of the “N-word” in his town of 2800 (about 10 percent of whom are black). Under the proposed law, users of the N-word would be fined $500.
Eventually, the mayor announced he was dropping the proposal altogether — which was a very sound decision from a legal perspective. As ugly as the N-word is, the ordinance would have been in direct conflict with First Amendment protections of free speech, and a competent court would certainly have thrown it out.