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  1. Pierre
    Pierre September 25, 2009 at 4:34 pm |

    A very thought provoking post, Jeremy. I am a Jamaican and I have always heard my friends who have migrated to the United States say the same negative things about African-Americans that you mentioned in your post.

    Many Jamaicans go to the U.S. and are able to excel and the feeling is if they can do it, why can’t African-Americans. Jamaicans and other West Indians come to the U.S. with a different mindset.

    We have the advantage of being a majority and therefore accustomed to seeing people who look like us in positions of power and authority whereas African-Americans have to deal with power structures that are white and have a legacy of racism.

    West Indians did have to deal with a measure of racism post-slavery but not the dehumanising aspects such as lynching, Klu Klux Klan, jim crow laws etc. so they don’t have the emotional scars that African-Americans have.

    People fron the West Indies go to the U.S. with the intention of making enough money to go back home (even though most don’t). Therefore they will put up with whatever hardships there are since in their minds its only a matter of time before they go back to their island paradise. Whereas for many African-Americans there is no escape.

    Instead of this animosity between West Indians and African Americans I would love to see dialogue to promote greater understanding and on that basis seek areas where we can co-operate in advancing our interests.

  2. Kim Pearson
    Kim Pearson September 26, 2009 at 7:34 am |

    An interesting post indeed, but for me, there are more researchable questions than answers here.

    First, the depiction of African Americans is too flat. The same Brooklyn populated by crack dealers pretending to authentic blackness was also home to middle class strivers who were children and grandchildren of the Great Migration. The Huxtables might have been an exaggeration, but there were and are plenty of hardworking African Americans in the brownstones and co-ops of Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights and the surrounding neighborhoods. The real question is how did the marginal hustlers and neighborhood parasites come to be seen as the role models?

  3. Robin
    Robin October 1, 2009 at 2:54 am |

    “Then fuck your mom hit them skins to amnesia
    She don’t remember shit just the two hits
    Her hittin the floor and me hittin the clit
    Suckin on her tit
    Had the hooker beggin for the dick
    And your moms ain’t ugly love my dick got rock quick
    I guess I was a combination of House of Pain and Bobby Brown
    I was humpin around and jumpin around
    Jacked her then I asked her who’s the man
    She said B-I-G then I bust in her E-Y-E…
    Hit mummy in the tummy if the hooker plays a dummy
    Slit the wrist of little sis
    After she sucked the dick, I stabbed her brother with the icepick
    Because he wanted me to fuck him from the back
    But Smalls don’t get down like that
    Got your father hidin in a room; fucked him with the broom
    Slit him down the back and threw salt in the wound…
    I’m using rubbers so they won’t trace the semen
    The black demon, got the little hookers screamin
    Because you know I love it young, fresh and green
    With no hair in between, know what I mean?”
    -B.I.G. “Dead Wrong”

    This is the guy you’re featuring in an article? Really?

  4. Jeremy
    Jeremy October 1, 2009 at 6:17 am |

    Yes, Robin, that’s the guy. Did you even read the post? Because if you did, you might have noticed I said nothing about the content of his music–save, of course, for my reference to his “legendary” status, which, problematic lyrics or not, is a widely accepted view.

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