K K Hebbar, 1942
Why would people invent race? Race was created in America in the late 1600s in order to preserve the land and power of the wealthy. Rich planters in Virginia feared what might happen if indigenous tribes, slaves, and indentured servants united and overthrew them. So, they cut a deal with the poor English colonists. The planters gave the English poor certain rights and privileges denied to all persons of African and Native American descent: the right to never be enslaved, to free speech and assembly, to move about without a pass, to marry without upper-class permission, to change jobs, to acquire property, and to bear arms. In exchange, the English poor agreed to respect the property of the rich, help them seize indigenous lands, and enforce slavery.
This cross-class alliance between the rich and the English poor came to be known as the “white race.” By accepting preferential treatment in an economic system that exploited their labor, too, the white working class tied their wagon to the elite rather than the rest of humanity. This devil’s bargain has undermined freedom and democracy in the U.S. ever since."
I just want to know how many of us there are!
Hip-hop is my lifestyle.
"I like gloomy weather. I work best and do most of my album under gloomy weather, so you’ll hear a lot of dark tracks in there.”
Personally I’m really excited. Hip-hop right now could definitely use some darker classics infused with meaning.
Jay Dee - Gobstopper
U R The One - Mos Def