But there is an aspect of this story that I want to address because I believe that it is important.
It is this penchant that some in the black community (I see you Whoopie)have of jumping to the defense of those who have been accused of being a racist, or their urge to blame others for the behavior of the racist.
I am thinking of Don Lemon and Usher Raymond when I write this.
First, Don Lemon. This Negro had the nerve to declare that it is black folks who use the N word that causes folks like Justin Beiber to use it.
"In a blog post for BlackAmericaWeb.com, Don Lemon responds to two videos that showed pop-star Justin Bieber using the N-Word.
Wrong Don. I don't care how much Justin Bieber has "immersed himself in black, Hip Hop culture", that word is off limits to him. High profile black folks such as your should not be jumping to excuse the ignorant actions of Beiber or anyone else.
Then there is Usher. I suppose that because he discovered Bieber he felt a need to jump to his defense as well.
"Justin Bieber's mentor Usher is siding with the embattled pop star following some videos leaked that show the 20-year-old singer using racial slurs.
On Saturday, the 35-year-old "Voice" judge posted an old photo of him and Bieber on Instagram, writing: "At my core, I am a person that supports growth and understands without judgement [sic], that growth often comes as a result of pain and continues effort. As I have watched Justin Bieber navigate difficult waters as a young man, I can tell you that he hasn't always chosen the path of his greatest potential, but he is unequivocally not a racist. What he was 5 years ago was a naive child who did not understand the negative power and degradation that comes from playing with racial slurs. What he is now is a young man faced with an opportunity to become his best self, an example to the millions of kids that follow him to not make the same mistakes."
Bieber apologized a second time on Thursday after a new video, reportedly taken when he was 14 years old, surfaced of him repeatedly using the N-word and joking about joining the Ku Klux Klan in a racist parody of his hit 2009 song One Less Lonely Girl. "Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I've ever dealt with," Bieber said in a statement. "But I feel now that I need to take responsibility for those mistakes and not let them linger. I just hope that the next 14-year-old kid who doesn't understand the power of these words does not make the same mistakes I made years ago. At the end of the day I just need to step up and own what I did."
The first of these videos emerged earlier this week and was apparently recorded during the making of the 2011 documentary, "Never Say Never." The video shows a then 15-year-old Bieber telling the joke, "Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?" Despite a number of objections voiced by those around Bieber, he delivered a racist punchline, "Run [slur]," imitating the starting and revving noise of a chainsaw. [Source]
Usher has declared that Bieber is "unequivocally not a racist". I wonder how Usher Raymond knows this. Is it because he hangs around with black people? Is it because he has slept with black woman? Is it because some of his music sounds black? The truth is Usher Raymond does not know what lurks in the heart of Justin Bieber. We have a clue because of some of the things that he has said in what he thought were private moments. This is how the racist is always caught: when he or she chooses to reveal him or herself in what they believe is a private moment. (I see you Donald Sterling)
Whether he is a racist or not, Justin Bieber certainly seems to be a first class jerk with little or no home training. The sad thing is that he has millions of fans all over the world who look up to him.
The good news is that his star is fading, and in the near future when he inevitably drops the N-word again; he will be just another washed up singer trying to get attention.