[I wanted to actually discuss this, but I would need to use links for context. Google basically everything I say here to learn more about the controversy that prompted this] There's a bit of controversy in the hip-hop community right now. Backstory: A white female rapper named Kreayshawn released a music video about a month or so ago called "Gucci Gucci". It landed her a deal with Sony. Recently, video of her sister who looks a LOT like her, who's part of her White Girl Mob crew and who appears in then Gucci Gucci video (V-Nasty) using the N-Word caused a stir because, well, she's white. In addition to this, Kreayshawn herself has apparently tweeted some casual uses of the N-word. A lot of people have condemned them both, but at least one black rapper notable enough for a Wikipedia page (Mistah FAB) has supported them, saying the word had no harmful meaning anymore. That's not the first time some white rapper has used the word either in a song or outside it. An old mixtape of Eminem using that word to refer to his black ex-girlfriend bit him in the ass not long ago. LMFAO, a white duo that's had a couple of hits, raised surprisingly little controversy over the use of the word in their hit song "Miami" (also known as "I'm in Miami, bitch!") The radio edit of the song says the line "like I really don't care" but the album cut goes "like a nigga don't care". I'm serious, I have the album the song's on (Party Music). And then there's Immortal Technique, a Peruvian rapper of mixed ethnicity that includes a little African-American, and Drake, a mixed black-and-white Canadian dude who you wouldn't know was part black without him telling you, both of whom use the word liberally. Now, I know plenty of black entertainers have tried to make use of the word more acceptable in order to "take the word back" (like NWA, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, etc) and others who simply use it because, apparently, African-Americans use the word on each other all the time (Aaron McGruder defended his use of the word in his comic strip and tv series "the Boondocks" using that line of reasoning, and it's only ever displayed as a negative word when used by a white character, self-loathing black character Uncle Ruckus, or Martin Luther King Jr). While some black folk who use the word have drawn a clear line as to who can use the word (Chris Rock comes to mind) others think it's ok for anyone as long as it isn't a put down. What do you think? Personally, I think it's wrong for anyone who isn't black to use that word at all unless used as a quote or in discussion about the word (I hate the euphemism "N-Word" but I don't want another infraction, which is why I'm using it here.) On the other hand, hip-hop culture is full of uses of that word, and a lot of other minorities are using it for each other (I've seen fellow native Americans using it on each other, Chinese folks using it towards south Asians, pacific islanders using it on brown Hispanic folks, as a term of endearment each time). And hell, in the video that started the controversy, there are a few black dudes around V-Nasty who have no issue with her use of the word. So what do you think? Is the n-word "depowered" enough that it's ok for white people, or anyone who isn't black, to use casually? Is it ok for black people to use? If so, why? If not, why not?