5 Ways Harry Belafonte Is Greater Than Jay Z

The rapper embarrasses himself and the black community with his attack on a civil rights legend.

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5. Harry Belafonte can engage in an intellectual debate without employing the n-word. Apparently Jay Z can't.

While Belafonte has accused Jay Z and his wife of having turned their backs on "social responsibility," below are the lyrics incorporating Jay Z's classy response to some of Belafonte's criticism:

"I'm just trying to find common ground/'Fore Mr. Belafonte come and cut a n--ga down/Mr. Day O, major fail/Respect these youngins boy, it's my time now/Hublot homie two door homie/You don't know all the sh-t I do for the homes."

According to the dictionary, in addition to being a racial slur, the n-word can also be used to describe "a person of any race or origin regarded as contemptible, inferior, ignorant, etc."

While I believe we will all be better off once the n-word is eradicated from the English language, based on the definition above, I think Jay Z was accurate in describing himself as one.

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