Tom Hanks’ son Chet is not just the son of an Oscar winner, he’s also a white guy trying to make a name for himself in the world of hip-hop. And apparently, at least according to Chet, he needs the “N” word to do that.
The 24-year-old routinely uses the “N” word on his Instagram account and yesterday defended the word’s usage in a post.
“Look, I know the majority of y’all are not going to get this,” he says in the Instagram video, “because the history is still so fresh in our country. But hip-hop isn’t about race — it’s about the culture you identify with.”
“Can’t no one tell me what I can’t say,” the young MC continued.
“If I say the word n**a I say it amongst people I love and who love me. If I say ‘fck yall hatin ass n***az’ it’s because that’s really how I felt at the time. And I don’t accept society getting to decide what ANYBODY can or can’t say. That’s something we call FREE SPEECH,” he explains.
“Now I understand the older generation who grew up in the Jim Crowe era might have strong feelings against this. And that’s understandable… But what I’m saying is this is 2015… And even tho we are still far from where we need to be and black people are still being literally KILLED by a RACIST and f*cked up system… We have also reached a point where the word can no longer have a negative connotation if we so choose. And who is to say only black people can use it?”
According to Hanks, the term, created by racist whites to demean blacks, can have an empowering meaning if we allow for it.
“The way I see it, it’s a word that unifies the culture of HIP-HOP across ALL RACES, which is actually kind of a beautiful thing. It’s a word that can be used out of camaraderie and love, not just exclusively for black people. What’s the point in putting all these built up ‘rules’ about it. It’s time to let go. You can hate me or love me for it, but can’t nobody tell me what I can or can’t say. It’s got nothing to do with trying to be a thug. It’s about the culture of the music. And that’s all I have to say about that (no pun intended) lol. It’s all love. Some people will get it, some people won’t. Either way, Ima keep living my life however the f*ck I want. ALL LOVE.”
Source: Your Black World