Lupe Fiasco penned a long letter to "white supremacy" inspired by the Charleston shooting massacre last week. The three-part piece, is posted on Instagram, alongside photos of Charleston shooter, Dylan Roof, who killed nine people inside the Emanuel AME Church. Roof reportedly said that his intentions were to star a race war.
“Dear White Supremacy." Fiasco starts. "First of all you are not really that supreme, While throughout history White Supremacy it must be admitted you have achieved some very dominant positions. These positions have been gained mostly through force or some biological agent such as disease that did a lot of the dirty work for you in advance. I mean anybody can use force on an unarmed populous and anybody can have smallpox. Not judging, just wanted to point out that having a disease that native folks aren't immune to because they've never seen it doesn't make you strategically smart or tactically superior, just kind of sick. And these dominant positions don't really stand up to the test of time that long either."
He continues, “There is nothing about you biologically or physically that denotes an innate mode of supremacy. For that matter there is also nothing about you psychologically, philosophically, cognitively, academically, socially, architecturally, culturally or even financially that signifies a higher position above any other group. And to be diplomatic there is nothing about you that denotes innate inferiority as well. So what you really are is something in the middle. You are regular. White Regularity is congruent to all other forms of regularity i.e. Black, Brown, Etc etc.”
In addition, Fiasco says that the very concept of "white supremacy" can't exist without diversity. “If you wanted to get really ironic and meta about it, White Supremacy has to validate it's own identity based solely on its relationship to other races! I mean now that's what I would call joined at the hip. Without us there is no white supremacy because there would be nothing to be supreme over!”
Click here for the rest of the letter.
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