Thoughts On: Kendrick Lamar – "The Blacker The Berry"

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Kendrick Lamar dropped a new track called “The Blacker The Berry” this week that has had a some what polarizing effect on his listeners. The hard-hitting track pulls no punches as he tackles the issue of race in America. He comes completely real, speaking truthfully of the experience of many Blacks across the nation. He also acknowledges that everyone isn’t going to agree with his stance by stating, “Some may call me crazy” before going in on the first verse. Check out the song below:

http://youtu.be/6AhXSoKa8xw

I identified immediately within the first few bars, by the time he spits “You hate me don’t you, You hate my people, Your plan is to exterminate my culture, You’re f#ckin evil”. I feel this way often, I work in a mixed race environment and the way that I am perceived by SOME people of other races is completely baffling to me. Many times people are apprehensive of me entering their space and look at me like I don’t have the right to have a job. Other times people try to coach me in doing my job; even though they have no experience at all in performing it.

I feel the hatred, the distrust, the fear, the jealousy on a daily basis. Being a six foot tall Black male with locks and earrings scares the hell out of SOME people. Not just White people. Older Black people also often times treat me like a thug entering their hospital room based off of my appearance. It’s sickening. I’m for unity but lately it seem that its not too many people interested in being united anymore.

The chasm between the races is growing wider everyday. The internet has made it so that racism is on prominent display, hate is on prominent display. People are proud to hate and berate others, people will happily tell you that a Black life deserves to be taken because they believe we’re nothing but thugs.

I blame the media for perpetrating this stereotype of the Black male as a vicious danger to society. Everywhere you look that’s how we’re being portrayed; as either a violent menace or a buffoon. I’m glad Kendrick had the audacity to release this song because it is definitely needed in our current times.

What is your opinion of the song? How does it make you feel?

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