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Recently, I went to The Weeknd’s Starboy: Legend of the Fall tour with a good friend of mine. The Weeknd was amazing,...

Recently, I went to The Weeknd’s Starboy: Legend of the Fall tour with a good friend of mine. The Weeknd was amazing, his set was fantastic, the energy was lively and his opening acts performed great. Unfortunately, I quickly came to the realization that none of the non-black people in the crowd were censoring themselves when it came to the N word.

I know I shouldn’t have expected better but it still struck a nerve to see that people were unable to censor themselves. Due to the racial and oppressive connotations behind the word, hearing non-black POC and white people use it really frustrates me.

Just because black people have claimed the word and use it in non-oppressive ways towards other black people doesn’t make it okay for anyone else to do the same. The same way you wouldn’t use the word f*g to describe an LGBTQ+ member or r*tard for a mentally disabled person, you don’t use the N word.

Black rappers and hip-hop artists have every right to use the word because of the colour of their skin but non-black rappers can’t. When it’s coming from the mouth of a non-black person, it’s offensive and degrading because of the historical context.

Additionally, when non-black POC use it, it is a representation of the anti-blackness ingrained in their culture and ethnicity.

I’ve always had trouble understanding why non-black people want to say the N word so badly. Most American history classes cover the enslavement and barbaric treatment of black people including an understanding of the N word and its’ implications. This is why it shouldn’t be so hard to censor yourself when rapping along to a song, especially if you know it makes black people uncomfortable.

My mom hates to hear me swear so when rap songs come on in the car, I make an effort to censor myself to avoid making her uncomfortable. Why? Because I respect my mom and it’s really not that hard. The same should go for non-black people and the N word.