First, thanks for voicing your opinion. I don’t think I lumped all Jews in together when I said “The inability of Israel’s government and the Jews who support its actions to see the hypocrisy of what they’re doing is deafening” because not ALL Jews support the Israeli government, a point I thought was rather implicit in my phrasing. If it is not, then I’ll clarify now: I am aware that not all Jewish people align with the current actions taken by the government of Israel.
As for Hamas, I thoroughly disagree. As I have said before, there is a difference in violence and counter-violence. The former is oppressive, the latter is the retaliatory reaction to oppression and is absolutely vital to the liberation of a people’s ruthlessly subjugated. If Israel is really concerned with the so-called “terrorism” of Hamas, its most prudent action would be to immediately cease participating in the terrorizing of Palestinians. This is the nature of cyclical violence, but it is by no means equivalent when one party has the 4th largest military in the world and the backing of United States military might and the other has Soviet era rockets.
To better understand Palestinian resistance, I offer the words of Jeff Sluka:
”The condemnation of liberation movements for resorting to violence or armed struggle is almost invariably superficial, hypocritical, judgmental, and unfair and tends strongly to represent another example of the generalized phenomenon of “blaming the victim.” The violence of the situation, the per-existing oppression suffered by those who eventually strike back, is conveniently ignored. The violence of the oppressed is a form of defensive counter-violence to the violence of conquest and oppression. In no armed national liberation movement I know of in history has this not been the case.”
— National Liberation Movements in Global Context
After decades of war on Palestinians and the occupation of their land, Israel has threaded through itself a clearly defined and widely accepted, yet often unarticulated, acceptance of violent oppression. It is, within the dissonance they abide, a fully rationalized phenomenon for its government, with full confidence of Israeli Zionists and the United States government, to carry out odious acts of state-sanctioned terrorism against Palestinians. Yet when those murdered, so clearly revealed in the scope of recent events, grow weary enough to fight against occupation, their counter-violence is totally fetishized, their humanity dehumanized.
I can’t listen to the colonist’s narrative and take it seriously.
1. OMG HOW CAN YOU COMPARE RAPPERS LIKE IGGY AZALEA AND KREASHAWN TO BLACKFACE MINSTRELS?
Blackface was all about white people acting out caricatured, fetishised depictions of black people for the entertainment of white audiences. Iggy Azalea, Kreashawn etc. are all about… well, you get the picture. Their entire careers rely on them perpetually acting, talking and behaving like college students at an ironic-not-racist-but-actually-racist ‘Ghetto Fabulous’ themed frat party.
2. ARE YOU SAYING IGGY AZALEA IS RACIST?
Let’s not even start on this: http://diaryofahollywoodstreetking.com/iggy-azalea-leads-racist-twitter-rant/
I’m sure Iggy Azalea doesn’t think Iggy Azalea is racist. In fact, she thinks SHE is the one being oppressed. These are her words in response to Eve saying she wasn’t a fan:
“Everybody is different, everybody hasn’t lived out of the box and for you to even know if it’s real, you have to kind of be an out-the-box person or somebody who likes something they’re not suppose to. A girl like her that raps is expected, so, how could you understand something so different?
Right. (1) Rap is some kind of forbidden love for a girl like Iggy, (2) OMG black people like Eve rapping are SO CLICHÉ! How could they possibly understand something as brilliant and original as an white Australian who makes money by doing a bad impression of a black woman? Also, you don’t call Eve ‘girl.’
“I’m not mad at [Eve] for not understanding it,” she continued. “How could you if you’ve never been ostracized or loved something you weren’t suppose to love? Everything you’ve loved you’re allowed to love, so, how could you understand me? … I don’t give a fuck if you think I am (real) or not ’cause that girl in the crowd understand it and that’s who it’s for, if you don’t then it’s not for you.”
Okay, so (1) WHERE DOES A WHITE RAPPER GET OFF TELLING A BLACK WOMAN THAT SHE HAS ‘NEVER BEEN OSTRACISED’ AND ALWAYS BEEN ALLOWED TO LOVE WHAT SHE WANTS???
(2) WTF is this about ‘not being allowed to love’ rap??? Asher Roth predictably says similar things – that growing up he felt alienated by the Hip-Hop he listened to because he didn’t feel ‘represented.’
PLEASE UNDERSTAND THIS. COMMERCIAL HIP-HOP IS DESIGNED FOR WHITE PEOPLE. WHITE PEOPLE ARE THE VAST, OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF HIP-HOP’S CONSUMER BASE. WHITE PEOPLE ARE THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF WESTERN CONSUMERS, FULL STOP. HIP-HOP MUST MEET WHITE PEOPLE’S DEMANDS IN ORDER TO BE FINANCIALLY VIABLE CONTENT FOR ADVERTISERS ON TV, RADIO AND THE INTERNET. HIP-HOP AS AN INDUSTRY SURVIVES ON WHITE PEOPLE’S MONEY. HIP-HOP AS A PRODUCT RELIES ON APPEALING TO THE WHIMS OF ITS PREDOMINANTLY WHITE FANBASE. COMMERCIALLY SUCCESSFUL HIP-HOP REFLECTS THE DESIRES AND TASTES OF WHITE PEOPLE. HIP-HOP IS ONE OF WHITE AMERICA’S FAVOURITE FORMS OF ESCAPE, WHERE YOU GET TO PROJECT AND LIVE OUT FANTASIES ABOUT SEX AND VIOLENCE THROUGH PEOPLE OF COLOUR. YOU ARE NOT ‘OUTSIDERS’ TO HIP-HOP, YOU ACTUALLY CONTROL ITS PRODUCTION, FORM AND DISTRIBUTION JUST BY BEING WHITE.
You are not being excluded. I promise.
3. ARE YOU SAYING WHITE PEOPLE AREN’T ALLOWED TO RAP?
White people can and will do whatever the fuck they want regardless of what I might think or say.
This is one of my favourite gems from Iggy: “This idea that rap should be black… is worrying to me. It’s almost like segregation…isn’t that how conflict (!!?!) starts?”
Um, no. Actually, it’s nothing like segregation. And no, people thinking you and your fake, manufactured shit have no place in a culture built on authenticity is not how racism and wars started. Benevolent white people like you who want to forcibly colonise, appropriate and redefine other people’s culture and history are how racism and wars started.
4. REALLY? THE JIMMY FALLON/ JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE ‘HISTORY OF RAP’ SKITS? REACHING, BRAH.
If you say so. Two douchebag whiteboys doing Hip-Hop karaoke using THE ROOTS as a jukebox? Really? Presenting someone else’s art and history (badly) while the coloured folks play backup? While BLACK THOUGHT stands by and watches? Black Thought is one of the best MCs out and - if you’ve heard his mixtape with J. Period - can actually do incredible impersonations of other rappers. But that doesn’t matter, because being rich and white like Fallon and Timberlake means you can ride off other people’s talent, history and cultural capital just for kicks while a white studio audience cheers you on.
PART 2 of this is here: http://aamerrahman.tumblr.com/post/54317063776/white-rapper-faq-part-2