For Discussion: Is It Out Of Pocket For Mixed Folk Like Cassie To Use The N-Word?

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Does she get a pass?

Wednesday Cassie set off a number of Instagram commenters who were less than pleased after she posted a photo of this blacked out Dodge Challenger with the caption “My ni**a.”

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The singer was chided by a number of folks who left comments like these:

“I would think Diddy would have taught you bette!! Choose better words!!” “Girl who told you it was ok to use that word???!!!! #itsNOTok” and “I’m gonna have to say you lost about all your cool points on this one. Did Diddy give you a pass? We didn’t approve it at the last Black people meeting…”

However other users came to her defense by pointing out that Cassie’s part black on her mom’s side, while another Instagrammer mentioned the hypocrisy in folks’ outrage:

“Ok it doesn’t matter what race you are, don’t condone it.. I don’t know how you guys applaud people like Rihanna who uses the word “on a daily basis” but then when Cassie uses it, it becomes world war 3, 4 and 5 smh.

Interestingly enough, unlike many of her other Instagram pics, Cassie left this one — and it’s caption off her Twitter feed.

What do you think? Should Cassie have thought twice about saying “my ni**a”? Is it time to re-think the reclaiming of the n-word now that everyone seems to be using it so casually? Or should countless other artists including Drake and Rihanna who use it all the time also be held to the same standard.

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