Most reasoning people in America have to shake their heads in bafflement whenever a celebrity, especially and actor or actress, feels both the need to- and that it is their place to weigh in on serious issues.
A quite interesting example of this phenomenon is the recent video from Amandla Stenberg, Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows, in which the 16 year-old actress lambasts certain form of “cultural appropriation” by Whites.
Don’t Cash Crop On My Cornrows
Young Ms. Stemberg’s dissertation on the percieved evils of Whites adopting bits and pieces of Black Culture was eloquent and respectful, delivered with restraint and a voice carrying the compelling emotion that one would expect from a professional performer. Yet, at the end of the day, however, all Stenberg is really saying is, “Step off, Whitey! That shit be Black.” This is an interestingly hypocritical position for a light-skinned – possibly, if not probably, lightened-skinned – young female who obviously spends considerable time, effort, and money achieving “Good Hair,” i.e., White Hair, to be taking and espousing.
Of course, with Amandla Stenberg being a Light Girl, she may feel a lot of pressure to speak so in order to prove that she’s “Black Enough.” Hence, we should give her the hand-out of tolerance.
Yet, possibly inadvertently, Stenberg brought up one of the underlying problems that America is forced to with when confronting the problem of the Blacks within our borders. The “Black Community” are not and do not want to be Americans in a way shape or form except for legalistically and then only when it benefits them without impinging upon their deep-seated need to both other than- and antithetical to normative American society.
Generationally speaking, this behavior of the “Black Community” is recent but it is accelerating along predictable lines and with an equally predictable ending. Truly, it goes no further back than the end of segregation and with each removal of the physical separation of Blacks from the rest of America Black Culture has responded by being more exilic and more outre.
Ironically, the “Black Community,” coping with the end of segregation, wants and demands to be separate but equal. Sadly, the separateness is based upon cultural norms that are willfully at odds with those of America as whole.
Thus we arrive at Ms. Stenberg’s video. It’s simply a product of the “Black Community” striving to be a different and separate from normative American culture as possible in the wake of there being no barrier to their assimilation – social, societal, and psychological immigration really, for they are foreigners – into America as a whole.