Here it is folks. Depending on what and who you read, both Lorde and Miley Cyrus are racist.
Lorde is racist because the references she makes in her smash hit “Royals” talks about indicators which are primarily descriptive of Hip Hop and it was noted that Hip Hop was started by and is an art form primarily dominated by black people. Therefore it’s a commentary that rags on black people according to Flores, who wrote the piece for Feministing.
I didn’t quite get it. I can say that. I come from the same city as Lorde though, a 20 minute drive from her suburbs. I know we see the same types of things on TV. So like her, I’m kinda like . . . yeah, I don’t care about diamonds in time pieces etc. I’ve done the whole count my money on the way to somewhere. I don’t come from money either. So when I’ve heard her song, that’s the context I’m hearing it in. We’re from the same place geographically. See the same types of things. When I watch some video clips (not all video clips) from overseas I feel the exact same way about excess and money. So when I hear the song, that’s what I think.
From a . . .
Whose perspective? Is it even fair to say a black person’s perspective? Rihanna comes from Barbados. Akon’s family is from Senegal. Nicki Minaj is from Trinidad. All Pasifika people are not the same. So . . .
So what do you do with that? Surely it’s really short sighted to say that all black people in the U.S are the same. That has got to be a giant fallacy. So Hip Hop was started by African Americans and is dominated by people who are from a . . . what kind of ethnic background . . . dark skinned?
So I did what most people do ~ I used Google and tried to find out something. Anything. To help me understand the situation. Here’s what went down.
I checked out the twitter feed for Flores. To start with. Which lead to cultural appropriation. Then critical race theory. To eventually reading about how Miley and her stunting at the VMA’s reinforced ideas about black women being unbridled in their sexuality and how she used black women, literally, as props on the stage. Then there’s the institutionalized racism.
I’ve just finished regaling my afternoon reading exploits to my family who wanted me to stop sharing what I had found out. They genuinely felt tired thinking about it. Going back to look at the twitter pow wow Flores noted that Hip Hop is primarily a BLACK art form so criticsm of Hip Hop is racial. Period. So does that mean that to slag off certain art forms is to be racist?
What does that statement mean? I’m serious about that question. What is a black art form?
Maybe these are all the wrong questions.
But what does that even mean?
The knowledge that I’m trying to leverage to understand what I’m reading is what I live here in New Zealand. Auckland is one of the biggest Polynesian cities in the world. Not everyone here with a brown face is from the same place. People with brown faces can come from Samoa or Tonga or the Cook Islands or Fiji. They can be second generation, third generation islanders. They can be half caste children that can speak the language of their parents. I have nieces with blue eyes and blond hair but that doesn’t make them any less Samoan. A best friend that I have looks ‘white’ with a ton of freckles to boot but can speak and understand Samoan well. Her father was Welsh. Welsh people being completely different people from Germans or Swedes or Italians. She is not just ‘white’ or just ‘brown’. There’s all of these different cultural influences and traditions that she is extremely proud of, celebrates and recognizes.
So that is the knowledge of culture that I am leveraging and using to understand the accusations of racism being highlighted. I associate the idea of culture with very, very specific traditions and practices. Samoans don’t use the same amount of drums when doing a sasa as what say Cook Islanders use when performing. Maori people don’t use drums at all.
So there you go. I don’t get it. Clearly I’m missing something here.
I don’t know.
I’ll keep googling.