Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of the slain Civil Rights leader Malcom X, gave an interesting interview with TMZ in which she discussed rap and politics.
Asked whether she would “cringe” when she listened to rap music and “the drop the N-word,” Shabazz said, “I think it’s just ridiculous sometimes. I think it is. I think it’s a bit ridiculous.”
The TMZ reporter then asked, “What do you think about white people singing along with the N-bombs?”
Shabazz replied, “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. So if you don’t like other people using it, then we shouldn’t use it.”
She went on to say later in the interview that her father would probably have voted for President Obama: “I would imagine so, he was a very strong candidate.”
Finally, Shabazz had strong words for the way America views her father. She believes not enough attention has been given to him and not enough recognition for the work he did, though recent generations are improving.
She noted that the newest generation knows 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.”