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  • What I'm saying is I don't believe that it's wise to kid ourselves to believe that it now means, brother.

  • It now means I love you.

  • It now means because the behavior of people that use this word towards one another, it doesn't reflect that.

  • I know when I was growing up, when we wanted to compliment someone, that's where we use way.

  • Might pretend all that.

  • But if we look even in London the young boys in Hackney and Tottenham or Brixton Peckham that ah warren each other over nothing, sometimes even over inherited Americanisms, Blue flag, red flag.

  • We have that over here to something we've obviously Yeah, I mean that that let's be clear, if they won't find over that they'd be fighting over something else because that's a product of their socioeconomic circumstance and many other things, right?

  • The point is, we're not treating each other like brothers.

  • So this argued that this this argument, this word we're using when they wanna go and kill someone which word is it?

  • Young boys they're using.

  • They're not saying when I see this brother, I'm gonna kill him.

  • You know, when I see my cousin, I'm gonna kill him.

  • When I see this, some of a complimentary word.

  • I'm gonna shank him.

  • I wanna know.

  • Is this particular word that we're using so to say that it's been turned on its head.

  • It just doesn't seem to be reflected in the real.

  • That still use it are trying to tell you No, no, it means this.

  • You're saying No, no, it doesn't actually mean absolutely.

  • It doesn't.

  • Because the behavior of young black men towards one another For what?

  • For a whole bunch of complicated historical reasons, for sure, but isn't reflective of that to me if we want to call each other brother Word brother is perfectly adequate family blood.

  • I mean, at best buy reclaiming this word, you can have one other way to refer to people like you.

  • At worst, you could be regurgitating this negative energy, so I just Why do it if you're gonna use it?

  • So people have proper reverence and respect for the pain this attached to it?

  • I would only use it in it real context, which is a unapologetic product of some of the most brutal racism in human history.

  • On that's the context in which I believe it should continue to be used.

  • You know, if people want a history of the world, they can, you know, have some photographs of lynching.

  • They can understand what the claim was and how popular they were.

  • They can understand how racism was used to create a group of people to be wealth producers for another group of people and all of these things.

  • And I think usually when I give people that history properly, they don't want to use it.

  • But the best example I give to people is my mother's white, as people know, my dad's black when I worked with people surprised me, Tom, that sometimes sometimes, yeah, sometimes they feel I gravitate more towards the African Caribbean side of my family, which is which is true.

  • That's the side of the family I grew up around.

  • That doesn't mean I don't have respect for both sides of my family.

  • It means I grew up around one side.

  • I didn't grow up so much around another side.

  • In fact, my mom's dad was kind of Unpleased about, to put it mildly about my dad's presence, you know, so it meant I didn't have as much interaction with that side of my culture that his ways.

  • But I'm when I go into prisons or scores or elsewhere.

  • And young boys right there wraps in the workshops I'm doing and they say they're gonna get.

  • ***, ***, ***, ***, I said okay, cool.

  • No problem.

  • I'm not gonna criticize you.

  • I used to do the same thing.

  • But let me ask you this, right?

  • My mom's white mothers black.

  • My mom's the one side of my family from Scotland.

  • Scotland is one of most violent places in Western Europe.

  • You know, a lot of violence in Scotland, gun, violence, knife, violence, etc.

  • If now, even though the words like honky or cracker don't have any of the kind of racial domination history attached to them.

  • If I start, I'm gonna kill honkies.

  • I'm gonna kill crackers.

  • What?

  • What would you guys think?

  • Without exception?

  • Every single black boy has said to me, No, you can't do that.

  • That's racist.

  • No, my wife mother raised me right.

  • Yet me using that kind of language in relation to white people would offend the same black boys who have no issue using it in relation to themselves.

  • So what does that say about how they feel about themselves and the value of their life and the value of offending them in their own sensibilities in their history.

  • So when people try to convince me that this language means nothing or that is ah, positive term now, I just I just I can't I can't.

  • I just can't.

  • I can't agree on I had a similar conversation with one of my elders.

  • God, I did a radio show around the world when I was in 2006 and he just gave me this similar spiel on it.

  • I just stopped and that was it.

  • I just thought he's right.

  • That was 2006, 2000, 2000 and 16,007.

  • So from my second album with which came out in 2007, you won't hear the word in there so frequently or not.

What I'm saying is I don't believe that it's wise to kid ourselves to believe that it now means, brother.

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