Former CNN anchor and current host of BET’s Don’t Sleep T.J. Holmes said Wednesday that he had broken a pledge to stop using the N-word.
Holmes made the pledge in an essay for the Grio in July, writing:
“My problem has been that no one ever held me accountable for my, at times, gratuitous use of the n-word. So, while I can toil endlessly about who I do and don’t mind saying the n-word, I never stopped to think that maybe there are people who don’t want to hear that word from me. There are plenty of black people who don’t want to hear fellow blacks use the n-word, but we give each other a pass. Stop …
So, for all intents and purposes, this will be my last ni**a.”
Holmes also wrote in the essay that he couldn’t give any legitimate reason for why he uses the word other than he likes aying it or that’s how he wants to express affection for his male friends.
“None of those reasons really fly,” he said.
While on “the Breakfast Club” on New York’s WWPR-FM (Power 105.1), the 35-year-old said he would have to break his pledge.
“As soon as I walk out of this room, I’m probably going to drop it 20 times before I get downstairs,” he said. “I went through a thing about giving up the N-Word, but I had to bring it back.”
Holmes agreed with host “Charlamagne Tha God” that “there’s just certain folks you run into and there ain’t no other word you can come up with . . . We all know it’s a vile, it’s a disgusting word and I don’t think it necessarily should have a place.”
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