R&B icon Lauryn Hill took to Tumblr to address a handful of accusations against her, and while the post doesn't have the conspiratorial tone of some of her more recent work, it very artfully addresses everything from the IRS to racial tensions quite beautifully and with excellent economy of words. The only problem is that it's a little confusing.
Lauryn's own 3-month prison term begins in less than two weeks, but she has a few things to say before she goes. The manifesto mostly concerns racism and reverse racism, with ties to her own negative experiences with the IRS.
"The concept of reverse racism is flawed, if not absolutely ridiculous," she begins.
The odd thing is, Lauryn, so far as we know, has never really been criticized for comments or stances on race. She has, however, earned a lot of heat over lyrics to "Neurotic Society," in which she implies that homosexuality has marked the downfall of society.
But let's get back to her Tumblr rant:
"I shuddered during sentencing when I kept hearing the term ‘make the IRS whole’… make the IRS whole, knowing that I got into these very circumstances having to deal with the very energies of inequity and resistance that created and perpetuated these savage inequalities.Confused? We are too. But whatever Lauryn Hill said, she said it creatively! You can read the entire epic rant here.
"The entire time, I thought, who has made black people whole?! Who has made recompense for stealing, imposing, lying, murdering, criminalizing the traumatized, taking them against their wills, destroying their homes, dividing their communities, ‘trying’ to steal their destinies, their time, stagnating their development, I could go on and on.
"Has America, or any of the nations of the world guilty of these atrocities, ever made black people or Africa whole or do they continue to sit on them, control them, manipulate them, cage them, rob them, brutalize them, subject them to rules that don’t apply to all? Use language, veiled coercion, and psychological torment like invisible fences to keep them locked into a pattern of limitation and therefore control by others. You have to remain focused to cease from rage."
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