Madonna's Instagram continues to be an unexpected lightning rod of controversy. This time, she posted a faux-tough image of her kid, Rocco, along with a quip hashtagged "disnigga."
Immediately, people were offended. Then, predictably, ostensibly non-racist white people began seething about not "getting" to use a word that black people use all the time, and spinning their wheels about how Madonna isn't a racist.
First, Madonna isn't a racist. #duh You don't have to be crass and point to her children or past boyfriends as so many are wont to do, you just have to look at the totality of her life.
Second, it's not about whether Madonna is "a racist." Unfortunately, when these things happen, people begin debating what's in the heart of the person in question. If you're deciding whether to be someone's fan, then it's appropriate to get into that. But the real issue is: Is that word always offensive? Is it offensive in this circumstance?
Breaking news: One can be a non-racist and say something that is racist or even just racially insensitive.