Yesterday Russell Simmons wrote a blog from his heart about the n-word.
It all stemmed from a tweet sent out by Gwyneth Paltrow while she was watching her good friends Jay-Z and Kanye West perform their hit song "N*ggas In Paris," in Paris. She was kicking it with The-Dream and Ty Ty, when she tweeted out a pic and captioned the photo "N*** In Paris For Real."
So in an effort to heal the pain, Uncle Rush wrote a blog about the n-word. This blog caused A Tribe Called Quest emcee Q-Tip to jump on Twitter and voice his opinion about the Gwyneth Paltrow debacle.
The "Vivrant Thing" rapper tweeted:
Listen Rush Simmons, Toure, and all Black folk who are sympathist to this gwen paltrow nigga thing. She may not have meant harm, sure it was in the heat of the moment but that fact that she showed not 1 IOTA of an apologetic tone, given the historical weight of that word is not responsible of G paltrow's part.
As powerful as hiphop is it DOESNT erase the years of damage that not only that word has done but circumstances that usually surrounded it. Sure there is empathy for the black American struggle from all races but the empathy shld be extended to the great pain we as blacks have experienced for generations.
For the pain that we still deal with in our communities daily. Was gwen wrong for recognizing unrelated people to the song as "niggas in paris for real"? debatable. BUT she SHLD have.
Paltrow shld have offered a "if i offended anyone im truly sorry" as a person who loves black people and understands there's a scope of black folk that exist beyond the ones that she partied with in Paris who are still dealing w the complexities of their circumstances. black folks that dont know about giving a white person a "pass" ... there is a lot to this thing. Rush ? Toure? its ok its all love brothas but lets build ... later! and i got love for yall and im glad we can express our views! peace. BTW i said nothing mean or nasty. i met gwen and chris. kool peeps! so no need to be mean in ur responses.
Q-Tip ended his tweet discussion by telling Uncle Rush it was all love. It's especially gratifying to have these two hip-hop legends voice their opinions about such a serious and important topic.
Do you think Q-Tip has a point?