“Hey, we all know there’s been some bad history in our country. We know that racism exists. I’m extending a hand like, ‘Hey, we want to get past this. We’ve been bullied, we’ve been beat down, but we don’t want it anymore,’” said the rapper.
“We’re not extending a fist,” he continued. “We’re not saying, “you did us wrong!’ It’s more like, “Hey, I’m extending my hand in love. Let’s forget about the past as much as we can, and let’s move from where we are now. How can we help each other? Can you try to help us, because we’re going to help ourselves.”
Talk about playing both sides of the fence.
I think advocates who wish the eradicate racism from this earth (which is impossible) keep repeating the tragedy of our forefathers –forgiveness. What the hell has forgiveness gotten us? It seriously blows my mind that leaders in our community think that by forgiving our oppressor and asking them to “pinky swear” that they would do right by this act will actually get US to the level playing field we’ve been fighting for. Forgive THEM for not treating me as a HUMAN BEING? Forgive THEM for generations of mental slavery and trauma? FORGIVE THEM so that they can HELP US? FUUUUUCCCCKKKK THAAATTTTT!!!!!
Common…brotha….solider….Man of God….I need you to make me an entire album apologizing for this ridiculous rhetoric.
I say extend the fist because these suckas need a beat down. Fight Congress, city hall, police, school systems, extend the fist to each and every institution that hinders our progress. Tough love needs to be shown, beat that ass.
Last thing: film stars and artists of color have done a great job in pushing aside the superficial issues of racism and bringing forth tangible concepts such as institutional racism. And for that I say, THANK YOU. But I speak for all (yes all, the oppressors and the advocates) that no Selma movie, Empire show, Block Party concert, none of these will ignite nor sustain this foreseeable revolution, so I BEG everyone to think about you legacy. Speak words that spark conversation about the next stage of The Beautiful Struggle, not the end goal. Yes we want kumbaya, but we are not there yet, so stop acting like it.