Monday, March 19, 2012
The Law of Privilege?
Like everything else in the Universe - we are governed by laws.
While common in today's society - 'Privilege' is not one of these laws.
In fact, I'm not even sure such a thing exists to begin with.
In reality, race is no more (or less) of a determining factor in the outcome in ones life than any number of other factors.
It is only when race is accepted by oneself as being of such great importance that it even matters at all.
Placing ones value in only ones race carries more power and influence than others' thinking.
Given - we are a society which places great value on what others think of us - but why?
While we are a planet of gradients - how do we even define 'race'?
If we could break down ones 'race' to those who possess certain phenotypical or genotypical traits - where would one race begin and where would another end?
Objects at the furthest points of the spectrum lead into one another anyway.
Could 'race' be thought of in the same way?
That it is a law under which we function.
He stated that the real trick is to sidestep the speed of light so that it has no effect.
Maybe Malcolm X was thinking the same thing when he (and other political and social leaders) proposed that we should create our own institutions, media and memes.
But leaders like Malcolm (And those like Christ before him) appealed to the most disenfranchised of individuals.
His appeal was greatest to those who had the least invested in the institutions and beliefs of his time.
Maybe those to whom Hip-Hop appeals are less vested in traditional thinking.
Maybe those of the Hip-Hop generation opted out of the traditional route in favor of one in which we could create their own trends, dialect and values.
(*Hip-Hop - like all usurpers - was later brought into the fold of the establishment in an effort to keep any new usurpers from gaining power. In taking ownership of Hip-Hop - Hip-Hop became a tool which could be used to subjugate those it was intended to free.)
Maybe the old Hip-Hop model sidestepped the Law of Privilege in an effort to creating it's own laws.
If the easiest way to win this game is not to play at all - why do so many still believe in the Law of Privilege?