New Republic: Whites Need to Listen to White Rapper's Song About White Privilege

"Where’s my place in a music that’s been taken by my race?"

Jamil Smith, a senior editor at New Republic, wants white people to listen to white rapper Macklemore's new song in order to come to grips with their unconscious but inherent racism.

"Macklemore has a new song about white privilege that you should listen to. Especially if you’re white," Smith begins, because we all know whites are inherently racist, especially the ones who don't realize they're racist. In fact, those are the ones who should be targeted the most, because for identity politics to succeed, it's vital to engender in all whites a burden of guilt and to hammer on that relentlessly.  

The new song “White Privilege II,” is something of a sequel to his Macklemore's 2005 song titled “White Privilege,” in which the white Seattle-based rapper acknowledges his own role as, in Smith's words, "a gentrifier of hip-hop."

Here is a sample of Macklemore's brilliant lyricism (well, it's not brilliant or even lyrical, but it bears a heavy-handed social justice message, and that's what really counts):

Where’s my place in a music that’s been taken by my race

Culturally appropriated by the white face

And we don’t want to admit that this is existing

So scared to acknowledge the benefits of our white privilege

Smith goes on to praise Macklemore for acknowledging his color-based "insecurity at a racial justice protest," for his "unearned advantage" and "co-opting blackness," and for "blasting his fellow white artists." 

This is from a senior editor at a once-respected, albeit leftist, publication. According to his bio, Smith focuses primarily on race, gender, law enforcement, and sports. Of course he does, because every leftist publication needs a senior editor who focuses on race, gender, and law enforcement.

Smith concludes that, "As often is the case with Macklemore’s music, the biggest problem here is his mediocre talent." No argument there. But Smith wants you to listen to it anyway, because "America feels safe with his music in its speakers. If white people don’t want to hear black people confront them about their privilege, perhaps they won’t mind when Macklemore does it. All shade aside, that’s a good thing."

No, it's not a good thing. The identity politics that "senior editor" Jamil Smith and the mediocre Macklemore want to shove down the throats, or in this case into the ears, of white America has nothing to do with bringing us all together in a post-racial society. It's about dividing and conquering through perpetuating racial tension and racial payback. And that's a bad thing.