Justin Bieber: Why Are Black People Defending Him?
“Why are black people afraid of chainsaws? “Run, n****r, n****r run. [Laughs].” – Justin Bieber
I can’t believe this guy is actually a part of my life and times as a father. My daughter, years ago, was a big fan of his. He was all the rage with the young girls and he also had a particular song called “Never Say Never” that she loved. I grew to love the song too, but made sure I clowned Beebz regularly. I’d say, “Never say never? This guy just said never twice so he just broke the rule already.” Eventually, it became a reoccurring joke between my daughter and I.
Now, he’s another kind of joke to me.
Recently, videos have been released of Bieber spewing racial jokes specifically towards Black people. “One less lonely n***er, One less lonely n***er, there’s gonna be one less n***er/ If I kill you, I’ll be part of the KKK,” sings Justin Bieber in a racist rendition of his hit “One Less Lonely Girl.” A few years ago, this sort of revelation would have been a death sentence to a white singer that has a penchant for rolling with Black people. Not in 2014.
Both members of the Young Money Crew, which includes leader Lil Wayne, and even boxer Floyd Mayweather have come forward to vehemently defend Bieber. I don’t know those guys well, but I’m unclear why they would come forth so quickly to speak on Bieber’s behalf. Heck, his mother and father haven’t even released a statement yet. Here is the problem. Black people will never be respected until they demand it. Secondly, if there are no consequences or repercussions for these actions – whenever they occurred – then the cycle will continue for centuries to come. Many of these same artists are completely silence when there is injustice towards a person of color, even if they are famous.
Over the past weekend, actor Jonah Hill was caught on tape calling a photographer a f****t, a derogatory slur for gay people. Mid-week, he appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and, almost tearfully, pleaded for mercy from the LGBT community. Hill seemed genuine and sincere, but we also know that he wanted absolutely no issues with that powerful block of people.
Our most visible group of people set a terrible example for young people of color that are full of vigor, but perhaps don’t have the spirit we carried in the 80’s and 90’s. Most youth are victims of a pseudo post-racial America anyway. That Kool-Aid has way too much sugar in it. So, when you see a younger Justin Bieber using the N-word so carefree, can we really subscribe to the notion that this is meaningless? This is what our own would have us believe, meanwhile they continue to erode what little respect others have for us as well as any self-respect we manage now.
For the longest time, there have been severe setbacks for African American celebrities that took a stand. We can see the penalty is even death if you look at history. Those people were principled freedom fighters – brave and courageous. They paved roadways for us to walk over with ease and we repay them by allowing disrespectful outsiders to have a seat at the table.
I’m pleased to say that my kid is not longer a fan of Justin Bieber. She’s not even a teen and had grown tired of him musically. She’s not aware of the latest controversy, but when she has questions, her distaste for him will go through the roof.
And his defenders’ words will mean nothing.