Kendrick Lamar’s recent comments about respectability politics in the Black community sparked twitter outrage and a war of words amongst several of his Hip Hop contemporaries. I weigh in on the situation. Enjoy!
“I wish somebody would look in our neighborhood knowing that it’s already a situation, mentally, where it’s fucked up,” Kendrick Lamar says. “What happened to [Michael Brown] should’ve never happened. Never. But when we don’t have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us? It starts from within. Don’t start with just a rally, don’t start from looting — it starts from within.”
This is the kind of foolish remark that racists and the brainwashed LOVE! Somehow the Black community lacks respect for themselves and therefore it is then justifiable to kill and or disrespect us? In a nutshell this is Kendrick’s logic. What qualifies as respecting myself as a Black man? Wearing suits and ties all the time? Not listening to rap music? Not watching music videos? Going to college? Getting a job? Well what if I do none of these things is my life less valuable? PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE POST @ BLACK YOUTH PROJECT