Being politically correct seems to be an overarching theme in the media. Everyone is super careful not to say the wrong thing… or so it seems. Words that have never been used on the radio and on television before now flowing freely. You can’t say the “f” word or “ass,” but you can say the “b” word and a bunch of other words.

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We definitely can’t say the “n” word.

And DJ Envy, host on The Breakfast Club, is acutely aware of this.


So when Angela Yee was giving her “Rumor Report,” she said a word that caused him some caution.

She said, “Alright Damon Dash… He is upset with WeTV because he said the ‘reneged’ on a promise…”

In the clip on IG, Envy asks his co-host, “And you quoted Dame Dash when you said the ‘re-word’.”

Yee responds. “When I said what?” Charlamagne chimes in, “The ‘re-word’?”

Envy went forth adamant that harm had been committed, “The re-n-word.”

He thought that the word “renege” was a variation of “n*gger.”


Truth is… many racist people have used the word that sounds like the slur to make it a slur.

Back in 2012, when we had a real president, there was a popular bumper sticker being sold with the Obama logo on it that said, “2012: Don’t Re-nig.” The woman that created them and sold them, was a Forbes writer and contends that they are not racist at all.

Paula Smith of Hinesville, Georgia has a company called And they’re selling their own version of an anti-Obama bumper sticker that reads “Don’t Re-Nig 2012.” Ms. Smith told me in a telephone conversation on Saturday afternoon that the bumper sticker has been in their inventory since June 2010, but just in the last few days it’s started selling. The price is $3. Ms. Smith insisted that the bumper sticker is not racist. I asked her about the “N” word, for which “nig” is the shortened version.

‘Re-Nig’ is Racist? Who Knew! by March 22, 2012 by Ed Brayton

However, the word “renege” is not a racist word at all when used in proper context and spelled correctly. According to, the word originated in 1540s, meaning to “deny, renounce, abandon,” from Medieval Latin renegare, from Latin re-, here probably an intensive prefix, + negare “refuse,” from PIE root *ne- “not.” Meaning “change one’s mind” is from 1784.

So, Angela… to answer your question… you are not in trouble at all.