Piers Morgan Pens Essay Blaming Kanye West For White People Using The N-Word
Piers Morgan offered his thoughts on the word “nigga” and, well, it is bad.
When I think of Piers Morgan I don’t think of someone who has the credibility to talk about rap and the racial context and nuances surrounding it, and yet the 52-year-old British journalist has written an essay taking a very predictable and tone deaf stance on the word “nigga,” saying that no one should say it.
This argument has been used time and time again, primarily from people of Morgan’s ilk who attempt to simplify something like this that is very, very, complex. Not to mention, we didn’t ask or care to know his opinion on this anyways. But I digress — the essay stems from a video that recently circulated the Internet, where members of the Alpha Phi Sorority at the University of New Hampshire were singing and dancing to Kanye West’s song “Gold Digger.” As we all know, the song includes the following chorus:
‘Now I ain’t saying she’s a gold digger,
But she ain’t messing with no broke niggas,
Now I ain’t saying she’s a gold digger,
But she ain’t messing with no broke niggas.
The video was ultimately seen and shared on All Eyes of UNH, a Facebook page which called out the sorority members blatantly saying nigga without any hesitation.
“A member of Alpha Phi Sorority put up this video of girls singing along to ‘Gold Digger’ by Kanye West on her Instagram story. The girls then sing the n-word without thinking of the implications,” the post read. “This is a showcase of ignorance and that the Panhellenic Council should do better in combatting racism. The first step is addressing willful ignorance. The post ended with this hashtag: #RacistUNH.”
Well, it’s at this point in the essay that Morgan defends the girls and proceeds to give us the age-old argument on the word nigga — from how it’s different from ni**er to how it’s primarily used as a term of endearment between black people and has been reclaimed by black people. Then, Morgan comes with the hot take:
But if rappers like Kanye West insist on using it, and writing songs with the word in either form, then it is absolutely predictable and understandable that their fans will sing the songs just as they hear them – regardless of the colour of their skin.
These Alpha Phi Sorority sisters did nothing wrong.
If you want someone to blame, then blame Kanye West.
Yes, nigga is a complex word and its use varies among black people. However, what is not up for debate is that anyone and everyone can say that word when it has specifically been reclaimed by a group of people who were oppressed by it. And yes, people who aren’t black should be more mindful of that, especially sorority members who have no business saying it at all.
As for Morgan well, you’ve angered the Internet yet again with your ignorance and stupidity disguised as faux-intellectual discussion, so I don’t need to write or say anymore.