Chuck D, a renowned rapper who has never shied away from confronting touchy subjects, is now urging Twitter to outlaw the use of the N-Word.
The Public Enemy frontman expressed his concerns about the word’s use on the social media network in a direct tweet on Friday, December 2, to Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter.
@elonmusk, hey The N-Word, also known as the N**ga and ni**er, should be outlawed by Twitter as a next step, according to Chuck D. “Then we can be sure that everything is moving in the same direction. Then you may persuade Zuck to take similar action on Instagram and Facebook by suspending them. It’s equally awful as that emblem.
In a second tweet, he continued: “It ain’t like kicking somebody’s tail in a fight. It’s all words and images here .. keyboard short … so I’m not talking about anywhere else except social media right now because it can be done .. there gonna be a lotta people back broke over their ‘pet’ getting smashed on here.”
The “Fight the Power” MC strengthened his position after facing criticism from other users who opposed his viewpoint.
He wrote: “The original MC rule was never getting lazy with W O R D S. Hey, social media’s pet puppy. They have an effect; some people have gotten themselves into hot water after I suggested they remove a chipped tooth from the keyboard grill. It’s against stupidity, not censorship. One BS dish is used to combine everything.
Chuck D brought up the subject on Twitter after Kanye West was expelled once more for praising Adolph Hitler and the Nazis while uploading a picture of a swastika.
While appearing on the far-right conspiracy show Infowars, hosted by Alex Jones, Kanye continued to make antisemitic remarks.
He spoke while wearing a mask, saying, “I like Hitler. I love Jews, but I also love Nazis.”
The Jewish media has led us to believe that the Nazis and Hitler have never made a meaningful contribution to the world, he said. I also recognise Hitler’s virtues.
The platform does not encourage speech or violence against anybody “on the grounds of race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, handicap, or serious disease,” according to Twitter’s Hateful Conduct Policy.
It’s interesting to note that during the first 12 hours of Musk’s ownership, N-word usage on Twitter increased by 500%.
Along with working to prevent racial hatred on Twitter, the “Strong Island” native recently announced the premiere date and streaming availability of Fight The Power: How Hip Hop Changed The World on PBS, which will air on January 31, 2023.
According to the press release, the four-part series will feature Grandmaster Caz, Ice-T, Abiodun Oyewole (The Last Poets), Roxanne Shanté, Run-DMC, John Forté, Will.i.am, MC Lyte, B-Real (Cypress Hill), Melle Mel, Fat Joe, Lupe Fiasco, and numerous other artists.
The Hip Hop community has, from the start, been doing what the rest of the media is only now catching up to, according to Chuck D in a statement on the docuseries. Long before any corporation realised it was time to wake up, hip-hop has been speaking out and exposing the truth.