I found this article a little while ago, and while it doesn't necessarily pertain to what we're discussing at the moment (hopefully to come!) I found what Brother Ali to say really interesting. In the article he discusses his use of the word "faggot" on his debut album and how he confronts his earlier self and hypocrisy.
"My use of the f-word more than a decade ago in the song "Dorian" off Shadows On The Sun continued to echo in a space in which I no longer dwelled. That word and that mind-set would continue to be perpetuated through me, a man who had grown to understand more, but whose actions had left an indelible print that could not be erased."
He ends the article by stating that "racism and homophobia are social diseases" that haven't been treated, just mutated into a coded language that masks hate speech.
Read the original article here: