Just days before her three-month prison bid for tax evasion, Grammy-winning artist, Lauryn Hill decided to hop on her personal Tumblr page and release a manifesto detailing the flaws in reverse racism and how the system is set up for Black people to fail.
Lauryn has always been a mouthpiece for the people. Her socially conscious music transcended time and created a late for instant classics laced in some of the hottest Hip-Hop-inspired beats. And as a true artist, Lauryn’s intelligence is part passion, part experience.
Ms. Hill must be prepared to carry out her sentence on July 8th, but she’s not going in without a verbal fight. Lauryn’s manifesto goes in about reverse racism and why the idea of it is flawed, but then she got into her tax troubles and detailed the flaws in the system. Check out some of the best quotes from Lauryn’s outpouring.
On Why Reverse Racism Is Flawed:
The concept of reverse racism is flawed, if not absolutely ridiculous. Most, if not all of the negative responses from people of color toward white people, are reactions to the hatred, violence, cruelty and brutality that they were shown by white people for centuries. Much of the foundation of the modern world was built on the forced free labor of black peoples. The African Slave Trade, the institution of slavery, colonialism, its derivative systems, and the multiple holocausts throughout history, where whites used race as the defining reason to justify their oppression, conquest, and brutal treatment of non-white peoples, are how race became such a factor to begin with.
On The Black Community:
Black people remain in many ways a shattered community, disenfranchised, forcefully removed from context and still caged in, denied from making truly independent choices and experiencing existential freedom. Their natural homes, just like their natural selves, raped and pillaged of the resources and gifts God has given to them. Interpreted through someone else’s slanted lens and filter, they remain in many ways, misrepresented
Taxation without proper representation, might I remind you, was the very platform of protest that began the Revolutionary War, which gained this country its independence from England. Anger is not only the natural response to the abuse of power, but is also appropriate when there is no real acknowledgment of these abuses, or deep, meaningful and profound change.
On Her IRS Troubles:
I shuddered during sentencing when I kept hearing the term ‘make the IRS whole’… make the IRS whole, knowing that I got into these very circumstances having to deal with the very energies of inequity and resistance that created and perpetuated these savage inequalities. The entire time, I thought, who has made black people whole?! Who has made recompense for stealing, imposing, lying, murdering, criminalizing the traumatized, taking them against their wills, destroying their homes, dividing their communities, ‘trying’ to steal their destinies, their time, stagnating their development, I could go on and on.
Has America, or any of the nations of the world guilty of these atrocities, ever made black people or Africa whole or do they continue to sit on them, control them, manipulate them, cage them, rob them, brutalize them, subject them to rules that don’t apply to all? Use language, veiled coercion, and psychological torment like invisible fences to keep them locked into a pattern of limitation and therefore control by others. You have to remain focused to cease from rage.
On Being Questioned About Her Charity Work:
The prosecutor, who was a woman, made a statement during sentencing about me not doing any charity work for a number of years during my ‘exile.’ A) Charity work is not a requirement, but something done because someone wants to. I was clearly doing charitable works way before other people were even thinking about it. And B) Even the judge had to comment that she, meaning I, was both having and raising children during this period. As if that was not challenging enough to do. She sounded like the echo of the grotesque slave master, who expected women to give birth while in the field, scoop the Baby up, and then continue to work. Disgusting.
Ms. Lauryn wrote a mouthful and my head is still spinning from the breadth of content. What do you think about her breakdown of the system? Does she have a point or is she rambling on?
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