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White Like Me

HIP HOP IN BLACK AND WHITE EDITORIAL

By J-love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.     Be aware of your whiteness.  As simple as it may sound, it seems as if many white folks down with Hip-Hop try to avoid the fact that they are white at all costs. This must stop. Acknowledging your whiteness is an important step in recognizing that regardless of who you are as a person, we come from a lineage steeped in racism and white supremacy. We come from an ancestry of oppression, whose legacy still lives and breaths in the for of institutionalized racism, a 95% rate of incarceration of people of color, a soulless educational system and control over what the masses listen to, watch and read. This is what we come from, and that cannot be changes. What we can change is what we co about it.

 

2.     Be conscious of your unearned privilege. We carry around a backpack of privileges that we have done nothing to earn. From it, we extract a set of tools, maps, passports, blank checks, all these things that allow us more power, more doors to be opened, an unfair advantage in whatever situation it may be. Your skin is an asset in this world. The more you understand this concept, the better you will be at negotiation that power and , as much as possible, figuring out a way to end its unfairness.

 

3.     Be deliberate in your role as an ally. An ally means that you  participate as a supporter in a movement. You are aware of the ways in which your privilege undermines indigenous leadership and in understanding that, actively advocate for indigenous leadership (even if that doesn't mean you). An ally is someone who lends resources, and who understands their personal goals in the context of a cultural historical struggle for self determination. White people are allies within Hip-Hop culture. Let's work toward leadership that reflects the cultures and communities where it was born. That doesn't mean that we can't be active and feel invested in the culture, but we must be aware of how racism plays out in the power parading of America, and how it is controlling Hip-Hop culture.

 

4.     Be knowledgeable of the history of the culture. As with any part of your life, knowledge, wisdom and understanding are the pillars of self and community enlightenment. It is imperative that you study Hip-Hop culture as you would study your own culture, in order to better understand who you are, where you come from, and where you are going Precisely because you are coming into a culture that was originated by people of color, it is on you to learn and become knowledgeable of Hip-Hop history.

 

5.     Be open to being educated by others. When you are secure in yourself you are more open to acknowledging things that you don't know, or have questions about, or ideas that warrant a good discussion. Listen to what other people have to say about Hip-Hop., and be in the mindset of appreciating new or different information from varying source. The information you know about Hip-Hop is not stagnant. The lessons are infinite.

 

6.     Be open to educating other whit folks. White people don't always feel like they have an obligation to talk about issues of race and privilege with other white people. However the education and exchange is most critical amongst white people who have the power to create change in the industry and in everyday life. Help them understand the reasons why Hip-Hop exists in the first place., why it is so important in your life, how it relates, or doesn't relate to your life experiences. Be confident in your expression of self, and push for the very conversations people try to hide behind.

 

7.     Use your skin privilege to benefit the culture. In this world because of your whiteness you have access to almost anything, and you didn't have to do anything to get this access. So use the juice that you have to lend support to the culture, any which way you can. Whether it be connections, money, negotiating with folks that won't feel as threatened talking to you because you're white or becoming a cultural interpreter, whatever is needed to benefit your community.

 

8.     Pay homage to the originators of the culture. Once you learn the history of Hip-Hop it is your responsibility to speak on it, educate others, and consistently give props where props are due. One reason why white folks may not want to do this is because it further magnifies the point that they had nothing to do with creating Hip-Hop. Not that white people haven't contributed to Hip-Hop since its birth, but its inception was purely melanin related. So when you're in your ciphers, whatever that looks like to you, talk history, pay respect to the creators of the culture you're living.

 

9.     Don't think you are the exception to the rule. YOU ARE NOT THE COOLEST WHITE PERSON IN THE WORLD! You are not so different and unique as to warrant a special "cool white person" pass. Are you still trying to be the ONLY white person in the crew? Do you feel animosity when other "cool" white kids come around and deflate your ego? Do yourself a favor, instead of trying to diss that other white kid, explaining how they're fake, take the time to connect with someone who may be similar in some ways to you. Don't push them away or be ashamed, build with them and see them as part of a community within a community.

 

10.     If you can't abide by the codes, get out. 


Nuff said.

by J-love

 

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“This is written by a white person, intended for white people who are engaged in the culture of Hip-Hop. It is created in the spirit of personal and collective growth and development for white people who choose to live by the cultural standards of Hip-Hop. White people are talked about a lot within Hip-Hop in terms of who buys the most records, who owns and controls most of the industry, the white kids in the burbs who go crazy over it, even white artists who have made it despite their whiteness. But rarely is there any talk of how white people affect Hip-Hop, and how Hip-Hop affects us. What are the roles and responsibilities of whites involved in this cultural movement? How can we become partners in the struggle for a more just and conscious industry? How can we use our skin power to benefit the communities from which Hip-Hop was derived? Have we merely self-imposed ourselves into a culture which doesn't want or need us?

 

It is time for white folks to stand up and be bold in the dialogue of race and culture, to push the relatively mild interpretations on how and in which way we fit or don't fit. As difficult as it may be, we must challenge each other to go on an inward journey of self-discovery, in order to understand the true desires and motivations behind our involvement in the Hip-Hop community. Check this 10 point code of ethics for white Hip-Hop heads and see if you can get down." (continued)

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