If there is any artist we can count on to be on the front lines and address both racial and social issues it’s J.Cole. I’ve been a Cole fan since “The Come Up” mixtape and he has always been one to use his platform to speak on things that other rappers haven’t. Some prime examples are tracks like “Lights Please“, “Crooked Smile” and “Lost Ones“.
J. Cole has always been vocal about these issues, so it’s only right that he drops his new track “Snow In Tha Bluff” in the middle of what many are referring to as a revolution.
Although Cole is widely respected for all he does, especially hitting the field with “the people” during protest, he has received a lot of flack following the release of his new record.
There is suspicion that J.Cole took shots at Noname but none of that has been confirmed, Noname hasn’t even voiced any concerns about the track. However we live in this climate of “cancel culture”. Everyday a new celebrity is being “cancelled”, resulting in a lost of support and fandom.
While most of these cancellations are justifiable, some are just plain dumb. One example of “cancel culture” being dumb, is the calling to cancel Cole over a track where he expresses the fact that he isn’t the most informed but willing to be taught, and how social media is really a battle of “wokeness”.
While many have a problem with what J.Cole had to say and some going as far as to dub him misogynistic, I began to question the whole “Cancel Culture” that is currently going on.
Philadelphia’s Meek Mill even spoke out about how we’re so quick to cancel our own:
I am not a fan of B Simone but I respect her story as a young black businesswomen who used her resources to build a better life for herself.
How about the time we cancelled Mo’Nique after she pointed out how Netflix underpays people of color in certain fields of entertainment while overpaying white people who don’t even have the resumes to match.
We’re always so quick to cancel one of our own before knowing the whole story that we are starting to replicate the same ones canceling us. A perfect example of this, is the cancellation of Louis Vuitton designer and Off-White founder Virgil Abloh.
Virgil took on some heat after he posted a $50 donation to the bail funds of protestors. At first I was on board with the cancellation and I still find the “Ima keep it 2 Virgils With You” memes funny, but what I didn’t know is that Virgil donated upwards of $20K to bail funds which was later discovered in a NY Post article.
J. Cole, Virgil, Mo’nique and B.Simone are just some the most recent examples of how black people viciously tear other blacks down. I used those four as an example because they fully expose the root of all the cancelling in my opinion.
1. We are too sensitive and stubborn to hear and accept another perspective ( J.cole).
2. We react off of emotion far too often and tend to miss details (Virgil & Mo’nique).
3. We hate to see the next black person doing better than us so we’ll tear them down any chance we get (B. Simone).
While I do agree with cancelling racist, peodphiles, rapist, child and domestic abusers, coons and establishments that only profit off of black culture without contributing a dime to restore the communities that produces the culture, I will no longer condone the emotional cancellation of black people without them fitting the criteria above.
Cancelling black people with no reason other than disagreeing with their preferences or beliefs is counterproductive to what we’re actually trying to accomplish which is unity amongst all black people regardless of gender, sexual orientation or financial status.
Cancelling the ones with a voice is only holding us back from making progress and accomplishing our goals. Stay focused and don’t fall for the traps put in place to derail us.