Do We Give The N-Word Too Much Power? [My Viewpoint]

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Seems like Gwenyth Paltrow has gone and gotten herself into some trouble.

The actress who is a known close friend to super couple Jay-Z and Beyonce, tweeted the n-word while at the Watch The Throne concert in Paris.

When celebrity blogger B. Scott questioned her right to use the n-word, she tweeted: “Hold up. It’s the title of the song!”

Indeed it is Gwenyth, but is it okay for you to use the word?

Music Blogger Billy Johnson says that Paltrow was wrong for using the n-word. He argues that Paltrow was wrong for using the word, but he understands why she felt it was for her to use the word:

Based on Paltrow’s stage photo, she was likely caught up in the “N-ggas In Paris” moment, especially since the show was taking place in France.

He goes on to say that Paltrow is not the only person who is confused about how the word should be used:

But Paltrow isn’t the only person confused about the etiquette for using the N-word. There’s one simple rule. If you are not African American there is no instance for using the word that is not going to be taken offensively. It doesn’t matter if you’re friends with the most prominent African Africans on the planet, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Oprah or President Obama. Don’t. Use. The. Word.

Some would argue that even African Americans shouldn’t use the word.

I argue that we give the word too much power. Music producer The Dream agrees.

Why do I say that?

I can only simply say, because we do. We are in control of our feelings and how we view ourselves, right? No one can make you feel any kind of way; you allow it to happen.

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