It’s brave of Paul McCartney to admit this.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail, Paul got real about his history with racist terms and how he has learned from his mistakes. The sit down couldn’t have come at a better time considering America’s continued struggle with racial issues.
Per the candid convo, McCartney blames ignorance for his intolerant views when he was a kid. It’s important to note that the singer is 73-years-old, which means he grew up during the height of our country’s civil rights movement.
Speaking on that regrettable time, the icon revealed:
“When I was a kid, you were racist without knowing it. It was just the normal thing to use certain words you wouldn’t use now. Along the way we suddenly realized how it would make the people you were talking about feel. I don’t think until then we’d ever even thought about other people. It was like a joke between ourselves.”
Well, at least the artist was able to reflect upon his behavior to reach the right conclusion.
As for how the Brit was able to transform his hurtful words into compassion, he explained:
“But then someone points out, ‘Well, that’s denigrating├óΓé¼┬ª’ you know, in my case, black people. And then the penny drops, and I think that’s what happened for a lot of people. Certainly a lot of people in my generation used to use words you wouldn’t use now.”
Hmm, what’s especially interesting about Paul’s comments is his decision to collaborate with Kanye West. Prior to the collab, Oprah Winfrey had begged the musician to decline the opportunity given West’s frequent use of the n-word.
Justifying his choice to work with the rapper, the father reasoned:
“Kanye’s an artist. He can say what he wants. It’s the freedom of speech, literally. The n-word, to a lot of black people, particularly younger black people, it’s almost a term of endearment. It’s a slang word, and I think the good thing about it is that it kind of takes the sting out of it. It just becomes a word, rather than the derogatory word it could be used as.”
Inneresting take! We’re sure there’s a lot of people who would agree AND disagree with that opinion!
So, what do YOU think of Paul’s remarks?
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