She has some fair points, but shouldn't revolutionaries be focused on rich vs poor, rather than White vs Black/non-white ?
It's hard to discuss one without the other, and Aisha's case - though extreme - has a fair point: most POC, as successful as they may be in life, will likely have to answer to a white man in power. That's how the Western world intended.So while it is truly about class overall, it's undeniable that white men and power are inseparable until these rappers, politicians and sports stars use their position to change that, which they usually don't.
I definitely think she's keeping it 100, my only issue is based on some of the pics in the video, I'd be willing to guess she's from the school of 'the white man created homosexuality' and/or 'the white man infected Black people with the disease of it.' I could be wrong, but based on some of the images, I doubt it. (Wayne kissing Baby; Puffy all up on Zac Posen.)I've often been disappointed after connecting with revolutionary/afrocentric folks via social media only to find raging homophobia beneath the surface of righteous consciousness. Obviously to each his/her own, but I know too many gay people of color on the front lines of revolution, be they artists, activists or teachers, and I can't leave them out in the cold for who they love.I definitely feel Aisha's economic message, but if what I suspect to be the case is true, I can't put my heart in it and raise my right hand high for her.
"Black gangster masculinity does the work of white supremacist patriarchial capitalism. All it requires in order for you to be "promised" that you'll get rich, is that you're willing to verbally commit black on black murder, control black females bodies, all in the name of getting paid." For the most part her song is completely on point. Hip hop which originally was a voice of and for the ghetto of urban America and eventually adopted around the world was hi-jacked by corporate America only when it proved to be profitable in the culture-specificially with middle class suburban white kids. Prior to that hip hop had white America shook, especially when groups like NWA introduced what is now known as gangster rap into the fray. They did not know what they would do with all these angry young black men that they had created within the framework of the sexist and racially oppressive system that they had instituted. Without getting too deep, as this is not the forum, I would say that while Aisha makes some very succinct points on the corporate hi-jacking of hip hop from a commercial stand point, as well as giving credence to the psychological effects of slavery that is the fuel for black and black "self-hate" crimes, there did seem to be this underlying , black militant prejudice that is a generic form of the racist , and asinine rhetoric that you hear from white supremacists.
Why do people not want to focus on black vs white, they want to always ignore racism and and start talking about class, when the two are intertwined, I think all white people and white people protectors love talking about class, because it ignores the fact of the years of white people saying blacks were inferior, if ignores white rule in Africa, it ignores white rule in Australia, and also allows racist to continue. That is very suspect when people dont want to talk about the race specific crimes whites have and continue to do against blacks. Whites has divided up resources, wealth and power based upon race, so even though 10% of whites are "poor" it still does not change the fact that 90% of African American are slave decendants and have a right o demand racial justice for the racial injustice, I think once you open up history. I am always black and white before we start talkin class, because Racism is white control over resources and wealth no black. So class and race are intertwined, and people who want blacks to remain powerless want them to focus on gay issues, class issues, which still leaves the race issue.
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