Saturday, 10 September 2011

"Now we got White Kids calling Themselves Niggers." KRS-ONE

Recently we have seen the furore over V-Nasty and Kreayshawn using the N-word. The N-word debate is a dead-end conversation with very little consensus. I think the issue here is, not so much that white people are using the N-word, but how ignorant and foolish the perpetrators are in their use of the word.

But why does this happen? Why do some white youth use the N-word in such a ignorant way - do some of them think it is Normal or Cool or "SWAG"?

In my opinion, KRS-ONE explained it perfectly here....


Then he said....

"The table turned and the crosses burned, Remember YOU MUST LEARN."

Here he discusses how Hip-Hop has revolutionised the way white kids see black people - they are now embracing black people and black culture. This is of course a great stride towards better race relations and harmony for humanity.

However, he forewarns the danger of white people being exposed to certain ignorant elements of black culture only. If middle class white people ONLY education and understanding of black people and culture comes from MTV Base - ignorance is bound to flourish, as there is far from a balanced representation of all elements of the black community, history and culture on such media outlets.

The ignorance of many white youths towards black culture (which they usually embrace but fail to fully understand) stems from a poor education system in the Western world, which seeks to downplay black achievement.

Here KRS-ONE says...

I believe that if you're teaching history
Filled with straight up facts no mystery
Teach the student what needs to be taught
Cause Black and White kids both take shorts
When one doesn't know about the other ones' culture
Ignorance swoops down like a vulture
Cause you don't know that you ain't just a janitor
No one told you about Benjamin Banneker
A brilliant Black man that invented the almanac
Can't you see where KRS is coming at
With Eli Whitney, Haile Selassie
Granville Woods made the walkie-talkie
Lewis Latimer improved on Edison
Charles Drew did a lot for medicine
Garrett Morgan made the traffic lights
Harriet Tubman freed the slaves at night
Madame CJ Walker made a straightenin comb
But you won't know this is you weren't shown
The point I'm gettin' at it it might be harsh
Cause we're just walkin' around brainwashed
So what I'm sayin' is not to diss a man
We need the 89 school system
One that caters to a Black return because
You must learn

See....with an inadequate education system and a misleading entertainment industry - we have some white youth not understanding the connotation or context of the word. And thus we have V-Nasty type characters - learn the cause and effect rather than just blaming it on her specifically.

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1 comment:

  1. The problem is no one can really distinguish the line between black culture and hip-hop culture. People regard Hip-hop as a black thing, so people automatically assume that what goes for black people must go for hip-hop people and vice-versa. unfortunately it isn't that straight forward as the N word controversy shows. V-nasty was wrong for saying the word, but can we blame her for her ignorance of it? When the black people she hangs with didn't say anything (inpart due to their own ignorance)- I mean shes hanged with Odd future and I don't think they said anything. At the end of the day I think when you know better, you should do better. (hope this makes sense.....)