TMZ sells the point of this post as a video of Suge Knight commenting that he dislikes when people call him "African-American," and instead believes that "ni**a" is an appropriate term to use—but more significant is the poll right below it. At the end of the post, TMZ attached a poll, and seriously asked readers to choose: "Refer to black people as...African American [or] Ni**a."
Really. Here's a screengrab of said poll:
The fact that a site like TMZ—which isn't known for being particularly classy, but should still hold some kind of decency and awareness—would publish a racist poll that legitimately asks readers if it's OK to use a racial slur to refer to a whole race is bad enough, but unfortunately, that's not all. The results are even worse.
According to the poll, a total of 76,341 people have voted so far (at the time of publishing this), and an astonishing 55 percent chose the word "ni**a" while 45 percent chose "African-American."
Here's the full post from TMZ, in case you're too pissed off to head over to the site and read it there (if so, that is understandable):
Suge Knight is offended when people call him African American, because he's NOT African. On the other hand, he doesn't have a problem with the word, "Ni**a."
Suge says it's offensive to label all Black people African American. And he goes further ... he thinks it's ridiculous that only rappers can use the word, "Ni**a." He thinks if it can be used by some, it should be used by all.
At first his theory sounds a little shocking, but maybe he has a point.
TMZ: Making us all lose faith in humanity, once racist poll at a time. Even if they're just trolling for hits, this is gross.