Recently “rapper” Macklemore released a 9 minute long song entitled, White Privilege II. This song has spurred controversy and conversation. Before I speak my peace take a listen for yourself (I understand if you don’t sacrifice the full 9 minutes of your life).
At first when I heard about the song I adamantly refused to listen to it, not because I don’t think white privilege is an important topic, it is. Macklemore is just a wack rapper, and I couldn’t fathom giving him 9 minutes of my life cause I am still waiting on reparations for all those times ‘Thirft Shop’ came on at the club lbs (laughing but serious). You might be thinking, so what made me decide to give this song a listen? I have no clue, but I did. Yes, all nine minutes. The song is basically a 9 minute conversation Macklemore is having with himself trying to grapple with his own privilege . Now a part of me wants to be ok with this song, but it just reminds me of the time Macklemore posted on social media a text he sent to Kendrick Lamar.
His moments of transparency always seem to be connected to his own benefit rather than truly being a selfless act. Anyway enough about Wacklemore, for those of you that are truly interested in tackling and grappling with white identity check this out.