Pop star Justin Bieber is under fire this week, and it has nothing to do with drunken drag racing. Multiple recordings have surfaced in which Bieber uses the “n-word,” once in a racist joke and another in a parody of his own song. And apparently, there’s more where those came from.
On Thursday, CNN’s Don Lemon used his regular appearance on Tom Joyner’s radio show to address Bieber’s repeated use of the offending word and ask whether culture as a whole deserves some of the blame.
“Some are saying Bieber is racist,” Lemon said. “Is he? I don’t know. But I do know that this is the danger of the proliferation of the use of the n-word.” He said people hear the word in music and on the street to the point where “subliminally the become immune.” And he recalled times he has heard it recently in public, from and about people of all ethnicities.
“Clearly Justin Bieber, a young man who by the way, has immersed himself in black, hip hop culture should not be saying the n-word,” Lemon concluded. “So the question is, if you want people like Justin Bieber to stop using it and to stop making excuses for using it, shouldn’t you do the same?”
Listen to audio below, via BlackAmericaWeb:
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