On a book tour for his lates tbook We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, bestselling author Ta-Nehisi Coates answers a white student who asks if it's acceptable to sing along with songs that feature the n-word.
Watch how he tees up the answer.
“For white people, I think the experience of being a hip-hop fan and not being able to use the n-word is insightful. It will give you a little peek into the world of what it means to be black. To be black, is to walk through the world and watch people doing things that you cannot do.”