In 1991 De La Soul released their second full length titled “De La Soul Is Dead”. The album itself was a departure from the hippie label that the group was identified with after the release of their debut album “3 Feet High and Rising.” Even the album cover, a broken pot of daisies, represented the end of De La Soul’s concept of the “D.A.I.S.Y. Age” (an acronym standing for “da inner sound, y’all”). In an attempt to shake off the hippie label “De La Soul Is Dead” was a little edgier than “3 Deet High and Rising” but not quite hardcore.
Last year and earlier this year, the newest black sub-culture known as “The New Black” has given racism the “De La Soul Is Dead” treatment, proclaiming that racism is an outdated concept that blacks use to separate, alienate, or pinpoint anything. Some also believe that racism can be eradicated by those that have suffered from it the most, simply by extending a friendly hand to those that brought the out dated concept with them to the new world – here’s (looking at you Common). IMO the latter is a bull shit statement. What sense does it make for those that have been victimized by racism to be the ones to try to end it?
Yes it’s going to take a collective effort from all races, but I don’t think the onus should be on the victims alone. I’m not saying that any one race created racism, but it would seem to me that it should be up to those that fight to keep the institution alive to be the ones that should try to end it.
New Blacks believe that New Blacks do not blame other races for their issues and that being black is “not pigmentation: it’s a mentality and it’s either going to work for you or it’s going to work against you”. This to me sounds a lot like white privilege, all you have to do is work and try hard and you will be rewarded. Now, I do partly agree with this statement – we should stop blaming others for all of our problems, but it’s hard to ignore the effects that 400 years of institutionalized racism has left. While other races that suffered atrocities throughout their history are told to never forget, we for some reason are told to get over it.
Talk to me, I’ll talk back.