There are a lot of meaty quotes in my 15-minute roundtable with the director and cast of “The Butler.” Here’s one story on racism and the use of the N-Word from Lenny Kravitz: “…when I grew up that word was used in a way that it felt hip, it felt street, it felt like you’re part of a group. I used to be, was, still am, a huge fan of Richard Pryor. Nobody used that word more colorfully than he did. It was how we addressed each other. It was how we knew we were brothers. There was a great skit he did where he talked about going to Africa. He went to Africa. He hung out. It was so beautiful. At the end of the trip he realized, you know what, I don’t see any niggers here. We’re not niggers. I will never use that word again. and He put it away. If he could do it, any body could do it. Whether we call each other that or not, at the end of the day if we want to get rid of this, if we don’t want others to use it, then we have to not use it.” Well said, Lenny, and now let’s roll the tape:
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