The daughter of slain Civil Rights activist Malcolm X told TMZ that she believes it is “ridiculous” that white people are not allowed to use the N-word.
“Do you listen to rap at all?” the TMZ reporter asked.
“I do,” Ilyasah Shabazz replied.
“Do you cringe when they drop the N-word?”
“I think it’s just ridiculous sometimes. I think it is. I think it’s a bit ridiculous,” she said.
“What do you think about white people singing along with the N-bombs?” the TMZ reporter asked.
“I mean, you know, I think if we’re going to — I don’t know that you can — if you’re gonna use it, then everybody should be able use it,” she replied. “So if you don’t like other people using it, then we shouldn’t use it.”
When asked if her father would have voted for Barack Obama, Shabazz said, “I would imagine so, he was a very strong candidate.”
She was, however, adamant that Americans do not sufficiently celebrate her father’s legacy — although she believed the young people now are more understanding of the sacrifices he made.
They are, she said, appreciative of “the fact that he was a very young man who sacrificed a lot, that he was killed at a very young age and in 12 short years [as a public figure] he gave a — he made a significant impact around the world when people weren’t even traveling.”
“And that he wasn’t traveling for vacation but he was traveling because he was searching for solutions to the human condition that would oppress its fellow brother, sister. So I think that this generation is going to change that.”
Watch the entire interview via TMZ below.