Friday, May 30, 2014

Cultural Competency, Macklemore, and the Selective Sight of Hiphop, Courtesy of My Philosophy

Posted by on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Owuor Arunga
  • Owuor Arunga

A million fucked-up situations around the globe, decimating life, happiness, and the planet. Rape, kidnapping, genocide. Fires burning, water rising, drones flying. We're—what's the word?—fucked.

Clearly, there's nothing more pressing than the stupid costume Macklemore wore for an appearance at EMP. A poor goddamn choice, for sure, but I don't believe it was meant as intentional. Still, did no one have the cultural competency to say, "Hey, man—you might reconsider this"? (Nobody cared about the also-ill-advised mariachi suit—or the low-key-creepy race-play at work all throughout the "White Walls" video.) No, but a couple Seth Rogen tweets, a bunch of blog posts, and then Mack's bigging up the Anti-Defamation League, which, among other things, had close ties with apartheid South Africa (and hated on its opponents, Nelson Mandela and Bishop Tutu) and supports apartheid in Israel.

The cherry on top for me: At the end of the first day of "BenGhazi," I received in my inbox a song from another local rapper that contained a bar that wouldn't make CNN: "Quick to fire a Jew—Adolf." Wow...

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