Free Wayne?: A Frightening Analogy of Our Political Consciousness

Let’s get this straight. Lil Wayne goes to Rikers on gun charges and gets his face placed on a t-shirt for all to see.  Several people are locked up for their ideas, and most people don’t even know their names.  Weezy promotes violence, misogyny, drug use, etc. In return for his labor, We reward him by making sure that his prison schedule  and activities become part of our entertainment. We wouldn’t want him to feel forgotten. Mumia promotes the destruction of all forms of oppression.  In return, he’s placed on death row and We rarely bother to mention what We can do for him and several other political prisoners to make sure that they know We haven’t forgotten about them. Why aren’t We pressuring the most famous artists to lend their spot in the light to raise awareness about social injustices?  Maybe Drake’s mixtape title, “So Far Gone”, is more descriptive of us that We’d like to admit.

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One thought on “Free Wayne?: A Frightening Analogy of Our Political Consciousness

  1. charleski81

    WORD. You’ve captured my (and probably many others’) frustration with mainstream rap and its “artists” perfectly. I’m sure Drake and/or Weezy would reply to your questions with, “I’m not a role model, dawg.”

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