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Rihanna, Hip Hop + the global use of the N-word

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Rob Fields @robfields

Guess I should be bent out of shape by some Dutch magazine calling Rihanna "NiggaBitch". But this is chickens coming home to roost.

20/12/2011 23:13:32 WIB
Rob Fields @robfields

At some point, there shld be a really big convo in the hip hop community about the extent to which it has normalized the N-word.

20/12/2011 23:14:28 WIB
Rob Fields @robfields

If it's okay for black folk to put it out to records that reach global audiences, then maybe it's okay for white folks to say it, too.

20/12/2011 23:15:31 WIB
Rob Fields @robfields

Can't have it both ways, folks. Either it's a fucked up word or its not.

20/12/2011 23:16:11 WIB
Rebecca Theodore-Vachon @FilmFatale_NYC

RT @robfields:At some point there shld be a really big convo in the hip hop community about the extent to which it has normalized the N-word

20/12/2011 23:16:29 WIB
Rob Fields @robfields

Used to be that was something that got said in our community, to each other. We didn't say it around white white people.

20/12/2011 23:18:00 WIB
Rob Fields @robfields

Rappers still deluded, thinking they're talking to their boys on the block. These days, hip hop is the dominate global cultural force.

20/12/2011 23:19:48 WIB
Rob Fields @robfields

But there's never any freedom or power without responsibility.

20/12/2011 23:20:18 WIB
Rob Fields @robfields

Said this before: No one gave a shit about Walmart's labor/environmental practices when they were just a regional chain.

20/12/2011 23:21:12 WIB
Rob Fields @robfields

Once Walmart became the biggest retailer in the world, expectations changed. So it the case with hip hop.

20/12/2011 23:22:30 WIB
Leatrice @Leatrice

@robfields I've been reading posts where folks are outraged but where has the outrage been over the past 20 yrs? Chickens roosting.

20/12/2011 23:25:03 WIB
Rob Fields @robfields

RT @Leatrice: I've been reading posts where folks are outraged but where has the outrage been over the past 20 yrs? Chickens roosting.

20/12/2011 23:25:40 WIB
Rob Fields @robfields

This kind of thing makes it easy for people to make the argument that hip hop music is detrimental to black people. Sorry to say.

20/12/2011 23:27:15 WIB
Leatrice @Leatrice

RT @robfields: But there's never any freedom or power without responsibility. << You preachin' this morning.

20/12/2011 23:28:19 WIB
Rob Fields @robfields

@Leatrice I just believe mughs need to lie in the bed they've made. Don't be all outraged. This didn't happen in a vacuum.

20/12/2011 23:29:12 WIB
nickcharles61 @nickcharles61

Tough one for me @robfields. Still as much poetry as pain in it. In recovery and in need of a support group around it.

20/12/2011 23:29:42 WIB
Rob Fields @robfields

@nickcharles61 Fair enough, but there should be some accountability. Before mughs start getting all outraged.

20/12/2011 23:30:50 WIB
Rob Fields @robfields

Also can't forget that there's a generation of white kids who've grown up on this music and claim it as their own.

20/12/2011 23:31:38 WIB
Rob Fields @robfields

So they can love the graf, the dancing, the beatboxing, the MC-ing, all that. But they're supposed to remember they can't say the N-word?

20/12/2011 23:33:50 WIB
nickcharles61 @nickcharles61

No outrage here @robfields Also needs to be a realization that the conversation/sensitivity around it is not as advanced elsewhere.

20/12/2011 23:33:55 WIB
Megan Frampton @meganf

@robfields Think lines are now drawn as much by class as by color--so of course they're not gonna know they shouldn't say that word.

20/12/2011 23:35:08 WIB
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Rob Fields @robfields 22/12/2011 12:25:35 WIB
An updated recap of my tweets on Rihanna, hip hop + the global use of the N-word
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