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Lauryn Hill uses her Tumblr account as a platform to discuss issues like the meaning behind her music and to address rumors circulating in the press. Days before she begins her prison bid, she posted a 2,000-plus word piece about reverse racism, calling the concept inherently problematic and 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. The initial claim by the oppressors, followed a moral imperative (so they said) that people outside of Occidental and European birth were in savage and cursed conditions, and that God justified the captivity of these people, and the rape and pillage of their lands.”

She further explains why institutionalized subjugation makes reverse racism obsolete in American society:

“In order to justify reverse racism one would have to first create an even playing field, undo the generations of torture, terror, and brutality, and then judge whether or not a non-white person is in fact a racist. This approach would require people to examine the need/addiction to feel superior to someone else for no justifiable reason, and the myriad policies: Spiritual, political and social, that it bore. True dominion is self evident and not the result of sabotaging another in order to achieve it. That would be an illegitimate as well as a fleeting position. The Universe, will eventually seek to right/balance itself. Of course there are white people who live transcendent lives, not exploiting ill-gotten privilege or perpetuating the sins of their ancestors who used violence and deceit as a means to gain advantage over others. Humanity in proper order is obligated to acknowledge the Truth, whoever it comes from, be they Black, White or other. Righteous indignation is simply a response to long-standing evil.”

Read her post in its entirety here.

Do you agree with her opinion on reverse racism, Clutchettes?

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  • Justus

    If u don’t understand racism= (white supremacy) what it is and how it works then everything u think u understand would only confuse u.
    “Neely Fuller Jr.”

    Lauryn Hill observation is accurate. There is just no evidence of non-white (black) people having or implementing a system for world domination. All i see are victims of racism and their failed responses to it. Reverse racism is a word that is meant to deflect from the issue at hand. For those that think Reverse Racism is a useful term please provide evidence.

  • Joe

    Simply stated, blacks should be accountable as should whites or any others. To believe that blacks are justified in their anger to not conform to civilized societal requirements for all is ridiculous. Though Lauryn is right about the hurt and the effects of the damage done, her actions and stances do not produce balance, but contribute to imbalance to the efforts of good people whether black or white everywhere. Also, the term “reverse racism” can be flawed and ridiculous I agree, and it can also be true toward innocent good people.