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On Emmett Till, Lil’ Wayne, and our Future

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Weighing in on the whole Lil’ Wayne vs. the legacy of Emmett Till is not something that I planned on doing, nor wanted to do.

Mainly because a) I believe Lil’ Wayne, to quote Luvvie (over at AwesomelyLuvvie.com, for more on her and & what the banner with the feet goes to, the  see the entry prior to this one or just click here) is a “high imbecile” and b) because I believed that with this being Black History Month, I didn’t want to lend any more attention to a song that is not only terrible musically (I mean, shit.  It’s awful) but invoked such a visceral response from the music world and the black community.

And by black community, I mean the ones who actually know who Emmett Till was.

This apparently, however, does not include “rapper” Future, who, in an interview with MTV.com, defended the song and its content.  Because, according to him, it was just “a hot song” and that “it came from a good place with good intentions.”

No, that’s not taken out of context.

Of course, the usual damage control is being done.  Twitter caught fire once the remix of the song leaked, and Epic Records pulled the version of the song and vowed to re-edit it and dub over the offending line.  No word from Wayne yet, who is apparently too busy beefing with the Miami Heat to issue any sort of statement on the issue.

Because, after all, it was just a hot line.

Which brings me to today.  After a brief hiatus from blogging while I finished a project for class (more on that at the end of the month, trust me, you might dig it), I still see that there are several blogs tackling the subject.

The most interesting spin I’ve seen so far comes courtesy of thisisyourconscience.com, where the headline reads “The GREAT Thing About Lil’ Wayne’s ‘Beat The Pussy Up Like Emmett Till’ Line.”

Talk about clouds and silver linings, because at first, I couldn’t see any type of argument that could be made for this as a good thing.

The writer goes on to say, though, that there is a direct link in the division between some black people, like myself and many people who I heard from in the days following who were repulsed and disturbed by the line–

–and others who were defending his right to say such things, going as far as to say things like “that happened a long time ago” or “it wasn’t anybody I knew”.

Yeah, people actually said that shit.

The writer goes on to say that if this is the kind of reaction this creates, perhaps there is a need to eliminate Black History Month, because apparently, one month dedicated to our history and culture is NOT doing the job.

How many young people who are Tunechi fans defended that foolishness?

Too many.  Enough that there was cause for concern.  Which is more than a few uneducated.  It’s generational.

And so, while I see the need for a month strictly dedicated to learning about black history, I do see the writer’s point that there needs to be a year-round discussion about the contribution that all cultures have made to American society, and not 28 days of blackness and the rest of the year generic textbook history with other races, cultures and religions sprinkled in at random.

We have to dedicate ourselves to teaching our youth about the importance of their history, or we run the risk of what was once considered a watershed moment in civil rights being reduced to be a hot line, in a “hot song.”

And our Future will be a name for a rapper sorely lacking in talent and cultural awareness, rather than the greatness that lies ahead of us.

Writer’s note: This draft was written prior to the release of the family of Emmett Till writing a letter directly to Lil’ Wayne, who apparently, as of the time of this posting, still has the damn song up on his page as an “unofficial remix.”  …Somebody, get your boy.

Read it here at vibe.com.

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Written by aceviewblogger

February 22, 2013 at 10:12 pm

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