Lauryn Hill Partially Responds To Racism Accusations
MLH says reverse racism is "absolutely ridiculous"
"The concept of reverse racism is flawed, if not absolutely ridiculous," Hill says at the opening of her Tumblr manifesto. While Hill has been taken to task in the past for her stance on racial issues, her most recent backlash has arrived from the release of her track "Neurotic Society." In the song she alludes to the notion that homosexuality has caused the fall of society. Not a good look, Lauryn. But back to the lecture at hand.
She continues on in her piece titled "MLH On Racism" to hit race issues from a spiritual angle, stating that "Spirituality and morality were replaced by capitalism, and with it a conscious shift of focus toward the exploitation of the vulnerable." With capitalism clearly comes the desire to acquire capital, which is where her IRS issues arguably come into play. Here is her take on that:
I shuddered during sentencing when I kept hearing the term ‘make the IRS whole’… make the IRS whole, knowing that I got into these very circumstances having to deal with the very energies of inequity and resistance that created and perpetuated these savage inequalities. The entire time, I thought, who has made black people whole?! Who has made recompense for stealing, imposing, lying, murdering, criminalizing the traumatized, taking them against their wills, destroying their homes, dividing their communities, ‘trying’ to steal their destinies, their time, stagnating their development, I could go on and on. Has America, or any of the nations of the world guilty of these atrocities, ever made black people or Africa whole or do they continue to sit on them, control them, manipulate them, cage them, rob them, brutalize them, subject them to rules that don’t apply to all? Use language, veiled coercion, and psychological torment like invisible fences to keep them locked into a pattern of limitation and therefore control by others. You have to remain focused to cease from rage.
Whatever that means. For the full rant, check here.
This is for Everyone, Black, White , Brown, yellow. READ. Read multiple sources before you make a comment you can't backup. Someone made a comment I'm an educate fool, none-the-less I'm educated and do not have to result to name calling because I disagree with someone.
I know how to think for myself. Africa is the cradle of civilization, where mathematics, engineering and other sciences began, and for all those that don't know, Africa is a continent, with many countries, like Egypt, Morocco, Libya and only a narrow strip of the red sea separates Egypt from Israel.
However, if you really want to know the contributions African-Americans have made look it up on the internet by typing in African-American inventors.
I have no ill will towards any human being but the fact remains, this country was built off the blood of African-Americans, communities destroyed because they were more prosperous than the whites at that time (lookup Rosewood, Fl. or The Tulsa, OK riots), inventions, land and families were destroyed simply because of color. I don't mind disagreement, but get your facts straight before making off the cuff comments not based on recorded facts...........
This is mostly for GGLANE.
What will people say about you Lauryn if you should leave this work by passing on, how will you be perceived from a non musical perspective as a person, and what did you d to support equality for all people ,not just blacks, as this s truly the measure of a man. It is easy to embrace those most like you -- isn't t that the genesis of most ism's, in this case white racism -- but what about those other than you. I was shocked recently by the anti gay lyrics that you proudly and unapologetically wrote about. It was hurtful to others who may be different from you, just as the young black in the Trayvon Martin case who has been excoriated by many and becoming a for all mankind ,then it can't limited to blacks supporting blacks, Italians supporting Italians and Jews supporting Jews. The later may raise some brows for sure, but lets not remember that so many Jewish Americans, largely based on their experiences with the Holocaust, were among the biggest supporters, allies, and friends of the black community during the civil rights movement. Were they perfect, no, but neither were the black civil rights leaders. Perfection aside, they had a desire to change the world for the better for all
I am a bit annoyed at myself for even taking the time to write this comment, because you are a grown woman who should n o matter, but matter you aren't, which is why the narcissism and self absorption have remained a hallmark of your career only to get worse over time Get into some therapy as these are things that you, the blessed woman that you have been, should have learned long ago. It's time to grow up.
As an African American, I find Hill to be among the most self absorbed artists and individuals to make celebrity-focused news. Pay your taxes and you won't go to jail. You were blessed with a level of talent that afforded you the opportunity to make millions. Many hard working mothers and fathers are trying to make in by working two jobs, taking the bus because only one (old) car is available, and they try to provide for a family of four by earning minimum wage, which is why they are forced to work several jobs. Despite real racism out there, they go about their business and do their best under less than ideal circumstances. Now for all the Klan bigoted trolls who always seem to appear, I do not agree with you or your tactics. I find your behavior, infantile name calling and gross generalizations of a group of people to be as bad or worse than Hill. Frankly, given the lack of intellect that permeates much of the internet and the Klan bigoted trolls, I don't expect much from you but I do expect more from someone with your talent, ability to make massive sums of money based on your talent. You have made poor decisions Lauryn; racism didn't cause them. I wonder about the values and sense of entitlement that you are passing on to your children. .
Real racism is alive and well -- I certainly don't have to tell you that -- but your self absorption has trivialized the matte, which takes a a massive ego, moxie and an alarming lack of self responsibility especially for a mother of many children. . Your peers (black and white alike) don't think very highly of you, so is racism the cause of this fact. I am reticent to bring her into the discussion, but I will nonetheless contrast your demeanor with the late, great Whitney Houston, a person who as a truly international star, actress and producer of numerous successful films, not to mention the her uber platinum music had pressure on top of pressure in this life and music industry. But when she died she was celebrated not only for her once in a generation talent, but for her kindness and generous nature to most of those she met. Whether Tony Bennett, Brintney Spears, Beyoncé, Jessica Simpson, Christana Aguleria., Mariah Carey, Biilly Ray Cyrus and Angelia Huston and her brother, and legions more/ They spoke not only of her enormous talent and beauty, but it was coupled with discussions of hergenerous spirit and kindness to all those she encountered in most cases.
African slave traders sold their own people but yet we only hear about how the white folk kept'em down etc. Was it ok for them to because they too were black?
Black on black homicide is at horrific numbers (not counting the other violent crimes including robbery etc to all people) the most focused on things are when a white or hispanic person attacks a black? Is it ok for one black to kill another because they are of the same colour?
If you say no it's not ok, well where's the outrage in the black communities?
If you say yes then murder is accepted in your culture and overlooked..I really want an answer to this:)
This is not some racist rant, it's an honest observation that I'd welcome a discussion on.
actually, come on all of you [other] white men; she is cute, and look at those lips?
I've dated a couple black babes and they are right; once you go black.................
MSN are bunch of F*cking idiots!
You would call these rants....dumb mfkers!
Truth by all means.....let the slaves keep sucking the media's d*ck!
I rather be a D*ck than a swallower.....
Keep it up Ms Hill...
how sad, racism is a one way street: she should be the white lady killed by the TX woman that was just executed.
The AA community is in disarray.................
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