The infighting between tribes of Canada’s First Nations over throat singing and “cultural appropriation” is sad. Sadder still is the elevation of toxic junk to the classification of wokeness. Jay-Z said on Ophrah that “hip-hop, through its music and its culture, has had more impact on race relations than any figure or any entity other than Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights movement. He talked about how whites and blacks can come together in the clubs—even though they might not get together outside the club” (Loc. 291).” What kind of deep and creative art brings them together? Warning ⚠️ the following lyrics are from Jay-Z, if you find them as disgusting as I do, then I guess that means neither of us is truly woke!
”Yo Yo J-A-Y, I flow sick
Fuck all y’all haters blow dick
I spits the game for those that throw bricks
Money cash hoes money cash chicks what
Sex murder and mayhem romance for the street
Only wife of mines is a life of crime
And since, life’s a bitch in mini-skirts and big chests
How can I not flirt with death
That’s life’s a nigga, long as life prevent us
We gonna send a lot and pray to Christ forgive us
Ice the wrists and raise the price on these niggaz
Y’all cant floss on my level
I’ll invite you all to get wit us if ya ball is glitter
When I go all the harlem playaz wall my picture
If you get close enough you can read the scripture
It reads money cash hoes how real was that nigga what”
Are you tempted to tell me I just don’t understand “black culture?” If hip-hop like that truly represents black culture, even reparations won’t cure that disease. Other than pseudo-blacks like Eminem and Vanilla Ice, there is no issue of appropriation of that manifestation of culture. I sure don’t want it. The apostle Paul said, in a letter to Timothy, “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” He wasn’t talking about hip-hop per se, or he would have said “burning ears” rather than “itching.” A different kind of cultural conflict is highlighted by a court decision.
Last week, U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg halted the Trump administration’s policy of forcing some asylum seekers to wait on the Mexican side of the border until their claims can be heard by a U.S. immigration court. The judge’s reasoning was pretty shocking: He wrote that the U.S. cannot tell asylum seekers to wait in Mexico because of the threat of violence against them on that side of the border. But wait a darn minute here, aren’t these immigrants Latin Americans, just like Mexicans are Latin Americans, and the people on our side of the border are mostly white racists, but they pose less danger to Salvadorans, Guatemalans, Hondurans than Mexicans???
To be clear, Seeborg was not claiming that these immigrants (and specifically the ones who were plaintiffs in the case before him) were fleeing a repressive system. This isn’t East Germans escaping to the West. No, the claim is that they’re fleeing a threat that comes from their neighbors, their local cops, their teenagers. Is murder and violence and corruption a cultural phenomenon? According to this judge, it’s more of one below the border than above. But no one has yet accused a murderer, rapist, or assaulter of cultural appropriation….I don’t think. Unless it isn’t about culture or skin color at all. Maybe nationalism? Or good old fashioned criminality.