Jewish World Review
You see, ever since that on-air "incident," (which was pre-approved by my boss and during which I believe I did little, if anything, "wrong") I have been desperately trying to figure out what the "rules" are when it comes to uttering this racial epithet that, understandably, causes so much anger in many African-Americans.
Lopez, a Bronx-born woman of Puerto Rican decent, has come under fire for using three variations of the N-word in the "Murda Mix" (strangely no one complained about THAT element of the song) in her new single "I'm Real." Among those claiming outrage and demanding a recall of the record, have been Najee Ali, director of Project Islamic Hope, who stated that use of the N-word is offensive by anyone, but especially by a "non-black artist as popular as Jennifer Lopez."
However, while there have been some minor protests involving the song, it appears that most blacks are willing to do as her former boyfriend Sean "Puffy" "Puff Daddy" "P Diddy" Combs has said to do, which is to "give her a pass." So it now appears that we have further defined the "rules" when it comes to use of the "N-word." Apparently, if your skin is dark enough and your former boyfriend is sufficiently "black" and says it is okay, then you can use the word in a lyric written by someone else.
I will be sure to add this new tenet to the ever-growing list of rather confusing, contradictory, and seemingly counter productive unwritten guidelines regarding the use of the dreaded "N-word." Here are some others that I have been able to accumulate over the past couple of years: