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Paul McCartney: 'When I was a kid, you were racist without knowing it'

Sir Paul McCartney has admitted that he used racist language as a child.

However, the Liverpudlian said he didn't know the true context of the words.

The musician told the Daily Mail that it was commonplace in bygone decades for people to use racial slurs without knowing the implications.

McCartney said: "When I was a kid, you were racist without knowing it. It was just the normal thing to use certain words you wouldn't use now.

"Along the way we suddenly realised how it would make the people you were talking about feel. I don't think until then we'd ever even thought about other people. It was like a joke between ourselves. But then someone points out, 'Well, that’s denigrating…' you know, in my case, black people. 

"And then the penny drops, and I think that's what happened for a lot of people. Certainly a lot of people in my generation used to use words you wouldn't use now."

McCartney meanwhile recently defended Kanye West's use of the 'N' word in their collaboration 'All Day'.

He told BBC Radio 4 that the rapper used the term in a different context.

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