Miguel: "Black People Are the Most Judgmental People in the World"

Singer gets backlash for talking race on Twitter.

Miguel has an issue with his Black brethren, mainly in that he's not feeling the love. The Los Angeles native, who is of Black and Mexican descent, took to Twitter to vent and received a bunch of blow-back as a result.  
After the undisputed leg-dropping champion of the world posted a photo wearing an "all hail"  sweater from Unif Clothing, he was accused of crossing over to the dark side. The clothing piece shows a skeleton hand shaped into what is known as the "sign of the horn." Though its meaning varies from culture to culture, in the U.S. it is widely known as a Satanic symbol that has been adopted by rebellious rock 'n' rollers (for example, Parliament-Funkadelic fans who know it as the "P-Funk sign").

Miguel, not known to clap back via Twitter, surprisingly responded to the backlash with his own tweet: "...yet most of the people pointing the finger wear things like 'the cross' around their neck. Historically, a PAGAN symbol."

Things heated up even more once another tweeter alleged that the 27-year-old singer's "Use Me" lyrics were an ode to the Devil. Said Miguel, "Take that over zealous self-righteousness elsewhere."

"I'm proud of my heritage," Miguel continued. "But honestly, Black people are the most judgmental people in the world. S---s sad man ... we've been conditioned, pre-programmed to hate ourselves ... that's why I appreciate those who choose to think and act for themselves regardless of ethnicity or color."
Phonte, of Little Brother fame, even jumped into the foray, tweeting that the comment was "adorned with irony." Miguel, missing the humor in being a Black man judging all other Black folk, fired back at Phonte, claiming to have been misquoted, and ending with, "Expected more from you."
The Kaleidescope Dream singer then took one last attempt at damage control, "Of course EVERYONE is judgmental. I just PERSONALLY believe WE [Black people] are the most critical of our own."

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