Joyner Lucas’s “I’m Not Racist” music video starts a conversation that seriously needs to be had

The Key Takeaway: There’s two sides to every story. I wish you knew mine. -> The identification of a disconnect between two cultures in America.

Racism is alive and well in America. Take it from the bi-racial girl who is the only person of color some of you know. I got called a ni**er at least once every school year at Center Grove. My best friend, who is black, had yogurt and other food thrown on her car by the boys who drove buy in their GMC trucks with their Confederate Flags waving. My boyfriend had the word ni**er keyed into his car while we were inside Tried and True in Greenwood. This is not a joke. This is real. So I’m about to list all of the important points from the video with my take on things. You don’t have to agree with it, but you do have to respect it. If you have something to say, feel free to comment below but this is a place of discussion so all gross and hateful comments will be deleted. I’m not siding with one side or the other because I think it’s both sides fault. To me, it’s important that this is broken down.

  • White people cannot say the word nigga. You are not part of that culture, you don’t understand the meaning of the word or what it means. Stay in your lane.
  • Black people shouldn’t say nigga because of where it comes from but they do as a way to turn a word originally used to keep people down (ni**er) to a positive word of family and friendship. When a black person says it, it means friend or something along those lines. When a white person says it, it will always have undertones of racism.
  • Most black people’s grandparent or great grandparent was a slave. No, they themselves were not slaves but the people who created them were so they get to talk about it and own it as a part of their heritage all they want. It’s important and it’s a disgusting mark on America’s history.
  • Black fathers do need to do a better job at claiming their children. I’ve experienced this myself.
  • When it comes to the hood, there is literally no way out and if there is, you risk your life to achieve it. I’m not saying it’s an excuse but systematic racism plays a big role in how people of color live in America among other things. They turn to selling drugs because it ‘s all they know or, more importantly, it provides for their kids, or their grandma or their little brother and sister who they are forced to raise at the age of 15. It’s an endless circle that usually ends in death or prison and without some sort of help or a bright light to look to, most don’t make it out. And it doesn’t help when white people are all judgemental like they are any better than people of color.
  • JUST, and I can’t say this enough, BECAUSE YOU KNOW SOMEONE OF COLOR DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE NOT RACIST
  • White privilege is a real and continuous thing. It always has been. As a white person, you automatically have privilege. Automatically. It’s something you need to acknowledge.
  • Kneeling for the national anthem is not out of disrespect for the soldiers who fight for us. I’ve seen multiple accounts of soldiers supporting that movement. It’s a stand on the fact that people of color are mistreated and killed for no reason. And in many circumstances, if it would have been a white person, the same thing wouldn’t have happened in a million years. Police are shooting black people IN THEIR OWN HOMES. How much more proof do you need that there’s a legit problem of racial bias in this country?
  • White people creating the movement of all lives matter to the black live matter protest is whack. Who literally creates a protest in response to a protest. And please, save the “one life does not matter more than another.” That’s not what the protest is saying and if you actually put your own racial bias aside and listened to what the point is you would see that. In order for all lives to matter equally, America has to start acting like lives of color matter in the first place.

And that’s my thoughts on the matter. I’d love to hear people’s comment and thoughts on this video and if it made you think as deeply as it did me. Drop a comment at the link below, DM me or whatever it is that you wanna do.

Drink Water. Stay Weird.

Justice xoxo

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