Racism and Privilege are Difficult
When I heard Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ Same Love, I thought it was brave for a recently successful hip hop artist to rap about homosexuality (probably because of my own racially biased understanding of hip hop and homophobia). I thought it was commendable and still do, but it also raises questions of race, homophobia, and to a lesser degree geography (considering the politics and racial diversity of a city that hasn’t produced a chart topping rap artist since Sir Mix A Lot). I looked around and found this article on Racialicious that speaks pretty well to the issues. As is the case with this subject matter it created a bit of a bloggers row with this gentleman on gawker. While Mel Gebreamlak speaks in a bit of a prophetic voice, I don’t think he is all together wrong. And while Macklemore seems to be well educated regarding his privilege in this song
He seems to be painfully uneducated regarding his racism in this video
Seriously dude!? A fucking shaman and a black guy on a camel (and unless they are an actual Mariachi Band from Seattle (which is possible) thats fucked up too). While the narrative is all together pretty disjointed and goofy, there seems to be a running theme of the exoticized other in this video. Racism and Privilege aren’t easy, in fact it is much easier to just be a white asshole, so it is good that Macklemore Ryan Lewis and Tricia Davis are trying. Like the rest of us we just need to try harder.