We've been white-washed, white-balled, white-listed, and white-mailed for so long we think of ourselves as the white sheep of the family. We can't wait to give our oppressors all of our time, thoughts, as well as our earnings and would never think of supporting/financing our cultural legacy and destiny. Worst of all, the popular entertainers who condemn us to racist sambo/pimp/wimp/ho stereotypes get rich doing so while real artists and edutainers working for cultural liberation,social justice, and spiritual freedom from racism, white supremacy, sexism, capitalism, etc. go underappreciated, underpaid (if ever), and underestimated. Mainstream society knows our real power. So it keeps us under control or hidden from the masses unless we buy into their racist, sexist, materialistic, white-insecurity pop bullshit.
For example, during the MC Hammer hay days, I was approached by a major record label. I was offered a recording contract if I did the following:
- Change my name to something ridiculously "ludicrous/racist/sexist/ignorant/canine-like"
- Press/perm/straighten my hair
- Dye/DIE my hair from black to blonde
- Bleach my skin
- Show some T&A (tits and ass)