I’m about two weeks late with this one, but it was still important to me to address.
I never thought I’d ever give much credence to the idea that black folks really could be dumb n*ggas, but I guess I tend to give us all too much credit. In an interview with Hip Hop journalist Toure, Soulja Boy (the kid who released that inane and vile, yet widely popular song “Crank Dat”) may have shared the single dumbest, most n*gga-ish comment I’ve ever heard in my entire life.
According to Toure:
Then came Soulja Boy Tell Em. I asked him, “What historical figure do you most hate?” He was stumped. I said, “Others have said Hitler, bin Laden, the slave masters …” He said, “Oh wait! Hold up! Shout out to the slave masters! Without them we’d still be in Africa.”
My jaw, at this point, was on the ground.”We wouldn’t be here,” he continued, having no idea how far in it he’d stepped, “to get this ice and tattoos.”
You can read the rest of the piece by clicking here.
A part of me wants to cut this kid some slack. I mean, he’s young, stupid, and has no appreciation of our vast, rich – and yes – shameful history. It doesn’t help that young people are indoctrinated with the lie that Africans were savage beasts swinging from trees before we were…uh…liberated (?) to the Americas. But with so much information out there at our fingertips, ignorance like this can’t be pardoned any more.
What makes this story even more deplorable is how this moron’s message is likely to spread given his celebrity status. How many other kids will he influence? How many other people’s sentiments about slavery echo those of Soulja Boy? To what extent does this clear lack of knowledge about history contribute to the deterioration of the black community?
Once again, I’m hurting for us.
Hat tip to Carmen over at All About Race for this story.