Ta-Nehisi Coates on words that don’t belong to everyone

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.”

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.