Lil Boosie Has Platform to Make a Difference
TheFreeDictionary.com defines self-hatred as “hatred, disregard and denigration of oneself; a feeling of intense dislike of oneself; shame resulting from strong dislike of yourself and your actions and/or a painful emotion resulting from an awareness of inadequacy or guilt.”
When one understands the definition of self-hatred it becomes easier to understand rapper Lil Boosie and his recent remarks that the Black race is the worst race of all.
During an interview for NiteCap with Peter Bailey, the Baton Rouge, La. rapper stated, “I just feel like African American is the worst race in the world because first of all we kill each other. People always talking all this racist stuff but the White man ain’t waiting in your bushes with a chopper, the White man ain’t tryna take rims off your car…we doing this to each other. So how can you say, ‘F the White man?’ He ain’t doing nothing but—when you get in trouble—doing his job. He ain’t doing nothing wrong.”
Boosie went on to criticize music that glorifies the gangster lifestyle that made him famous, which deserves our applause, but the rapper born Torrence Hatch was wrong when he said that the White man “ain’t doing nothing wrong.”
The truth of the matter is that the White man, the Hispanic man and the Asian man are doing just as much wrong as the Black man.
Based on statistics, all races are killing members of their own race at staggering numbers, so why aren’t they the worst race too, just African Americans?
The type of misinformation that Boosie is disseminating is half his fault and half the fault of the mainstream media.
It is half his fault because his remarks exemplify extreme self-hatred and not a totally accurate depiction of the plight of the African American community.
Furthermore, mainstream media deserves half of the blame for only focusing on Black-on-Black crime, while blatantly ignoring White-on-White crime, Hispanic-on-Hispanic crime and Asian-on-Asian crime or not classifying those crimes as intra-racial crimes.
According to statistics reported in CallandPost.com, “In the United States, a White person is almost six times more likely to be killed by another White person than by a Black person according to FBI homicide data. In 2011, there were more cases of Whites killing Whites than there were Blacks killings Blacks.
“When the news talks about gang-related deaths, they treat it as an almost exclusively Black problem. However, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, for the period of 1980 to 2008, a majority (53.3 percent) of gang homicides were committed by White offenders, and the majority of gang homicide victims (56.5 percent) were White.”
Additionally, the Huffington Post reported in May that, “New research shows the murder rate for Hispanics is more than double the murder rates for Whites, and more than two-thirds of Hispanic murder victims are killed with guns.
“The study also found that homicide is the second leading cause of death for Hispanics ages 15 to 24.”
Although everyone knows the African American community has severe problems when it comes to Black-on-Black crime and gang violence, the mainstream media has the country believing we are the only community with these types of problems.
The fact of the matter is that all races kill themselves more than other races kill them.
And all communities have a gang problem. The skinheads, Aryan Nation, Ku Klux Klan and other White supremacy groups are gangs, not just hate groups. Let’s be clear.
Furthermore, gangs like the Latin Kings are just that as well, gangs.
Nevertheless, this does not make Whites, Latinos or Asians the worse race and it definitely does not make African Americans the worst race either.
Unfortunately, some African Americans, Whites, Latinos, Asians and Native Americans ARE some of the worst people on God’s green Earth but that is not because of their race. It’s because they are the worst type of people because they murder, sell drugs and commit unnecessary acts of violence against innocent people.
What Lil Boosie may be dealing with is something that many in the Black community have dealt with since slavery and that is self-hatred.
While I applaud the brother for being aware of the problems in the community, he should use his platform to encourage his fans not to make the same mistakes he has.
Music is said to soothe the savage beast and Lil Boosie’s music has captured the hearts of many African Americans growing up in environments where they see no hope, only violence and incarceration.
If he can turn that self-hatred into self-accountability, he can change the lives of millions like the late, great Tupac Shakur could have done if he did not succumb to the same violence that his music provided an escape from.
According to BET.com, “Boosie…has lived and likely witnessed what he discussed with Bailey. He was arrested and acquitted for the murder of a 35-year-old African American man named Terry Boyd and convicted for smuggling drugs into prison before he was released earlier this year.”
While many are happy that he has paid his debt to society and was acquitted of the murder charge, his music has often glorified what he is now criticizing.
Hopefully, his time behind bars will lead to a change in philosophy when it comes to producing hit songs and not just a change in philosophy during interviews.
When he calls his own race the worst, he is speaking of himself too and possibly what he contributed to making us the so-called worst.
If he is truly feeling guilty for past mistakes, the question now becomes what will he do with such a large platform to make us the best race?