We recently heard Azealia Banks’ interview on Hot 97 that left everyone agape at the uneasy truth of what it means to be Black in America.
Following the “212” rapper’s hard-hitting and thought provoking conversation about race, Ebro In The Morning brought in Macklemore to speak on white privilege amid national unrest.
His invaluable two cents:
There’s a tipping point here and we’ve hit a threshold and now we’re going to talk about it. We’re going to protest about, we’re going to be heard about it. And for me, as a white dude, as a white rapper, I’m like ‘How do I participate in this conversation? How do I get involved on a level where I’m not co-opting the movement, where I’m not making it about me, but also realizing the platform that I have and reach that I have and doing it in a authentic, genuine way? Because race is uncomfortable to talk about. And white people – we can just turn off the TV when we’re sick of talking about racism […] It does not work that way for everybody, but that’s what we [white people] can do. And then “white liberal people” want to be nice. You know? We don’t want to mess up, we don’t want to be racist, we want to be like ‘Oh, we’re post racial! And we have a Black president! And we don’t need to talk about white privilege and that’s all good right?!’ But that’s not the case. Someone told me the other day that silence is a action. And it is my privilege that I can be silent about this issue. And I’m tired of being silent about it. I’ve been silent for a long time about it, because I didn’t want to mess up, I didn’t want to say the wrong thing –– didn’t want to offend anybody. But it is so imperative right now that we have this race conversation in America. If we’re going to progress. If we’re going to move past this. If we’re going to truly work together, we have to get passed that “awkward stage” of the race conversation. And I don’t know where that starts, other than just speaking about it.
The dialogue only further delved into race and shed light on the uncomfortable issues involving it, before touching on music industry bias and Iggy Azalea.
See the interview in full, below. Feel free to discuss with us in the comments.