There’s no doubt that the world is -and has been- in a state of disarray for centuries. Women and people of color have been on the receiving end of most of Americas’ hate and animosity since Americas birth.
We usually can’t win for losing. If we speak up for ourselves or protest, we get labeled as “angry” or some other term that doesn’t quite have the same hateful tinge when used to describe something else. If we are quiet, we look weak, docile and uncaring.
So who can we depend on to voice our concerns? When a young woman is robbed, sexually assaulted and set on fire, can we depend on Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea to make sure it’s not swept under the rug and thrown out with yesterdays newspaper? When a white male sets foot into a black AME church in South Carolina, opens fire and reloads not once but FIVE times, can we rely on our rappers to make sure the world knows about it?
They have the platform and the mass appeal. Just one of them can tweet something that would reach over a million devices easily. Why aren’t more of our mainstream rappers being more vocal about the state of race and sex relations? Is it because they have a little bit of money so now they can’t be bothered with the problems of us regular folk?
I know it all ultimately comes down to each and every one of us to stand up and demand change. But it would be a hell of a lot easier, if our public figures (who we give money to!) would have our backs on somethings. Less talk about “Trap Queens” and more talk about treating women as queens, please!