I am appalled by the lack of respect shown to prominent black men by media outlets. Their struggle and journey are never good enough to garner honor, to be held in any type of reverence, to let them just be great, simply because of the color of their skin.
I get it he is not YOUR president, white America. White media, I’m positive that if you thought you could get away with it that you would refer to him as “Boy” and if not for the efforts of the Civil Rights Movement you would be calling him Nigger… Never mind he would not be President Barack Obama if not for those efforts. The point is when referencing the President; he is not your homeboy. He is not your bro. He is not Barack. He is not Obama.
Speaking of the Civil Rights Movement, it’s not your history White America so how could we ever expect respect and courtesy in your coverage? Can we expect the same indifference that is shown to the strides Black America has made, White Media? Of course not. It would surely be too much like the right thing to do to not put the not so covert displays of racism on display on this of all days.
Instead of covering #MOW50 objectively and respectively leave it to white media to find a way to make it edgy, relevant to, or interesting for them. This brings me to the piece of crap I read that made my blood boil.
Macklemore challenges us in “Same Love,” just as MLK challenged America 50 years ago. He challenges us to not just listen to the song and admire its aesthetics. He implores us to not smile and applaud his musical prowess as we go about our usual day. He asks us to do something about it. He challenges us to look deep inside ourselves, uncover our own bigotry and tear it out.
Did this person just compare Macklemore to Martin Luther King Jr.? The “rapper” to the Civil Rights leader? They’re of equal prominence because they both have a message? A song that is number 11 on the Billboard charts is comparable to Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech? These lyrics:
The right wing conservatives think it’s a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made rewiring of a predisposition
Playing God, aw nah here we go
America the brave still fears what we don’t know
And God loves all his children, is somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago
Are comparable to:
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ I have dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.”
How can these two pieces be compared? I applaud Mackelamore call for equality when it comes to marriage, but he is not on Martin Luther King’s level. His number 11 song is not comparable to anything MLK has accomplished or said.
This article obviously leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. I am not amused. I am not willing to read between the lines and see a false bigger picture. The writer is delusional and the publisher disrespectful. I would much rather #MOW50 be ignored by white media than have it mocked.