As She Prepares To Report To Prison, Lauryn Hill Delivers A Rant/Essay On Racism In America And The Justice System
With just 10 days until she is supposed to report to prison, singer, Lauryn Hill, has taken to her Tumblr page again to address reverse racism and oppression in America, most directly in her widely followed case.
She seemed to be trying explain away the fact that she had not paid her taxes by saying it was a result of years of racial abuse and oppression perpetrated by imperialism and racist America. Regarding her court appearance, she shared:
“The prosecutor, who was a woman, made a statement during sentencing about me not doing any charity work for a number of years during my ‘exile. Even the judge had to comment that she, meaning I, was both having and raising children during this period. As if that was not challenging enough to do. She sounded like the echo of the grotesque slave master, who expected women to give birth while in the field, scoop the Baby up, and then continue to work. Disgusting.”
The Grammy-award-winning songstress went on to present the modern social implications of slavery and how it has affected us all negatively.
“If we took all of what we deem horrible regarding the criminal abuses that black people have committed over this country’s history, and add it all up, it still does not compare to the hundreds of years of terrorism, violent domination, theft, rape, abuse, captivity, and beyond that black people have suffered under the ideologies and systems of white supremacy, racism, and slave based paradigms. I say this only to say that abuse unresolved begets or creates abuse. How then does the chief offender become the judge? Might does not necessarily mean right.”
While she makes absolute sense in her scholarly dissertation, it just seems that her timing is off. She still has many supporters and we’re rooting for her to get it together. Serve her time with no fuss – because in all honesty, she didn’t adequately pay her taxes – and find the mental/inner peace she needs to bring back ‘Miseducated Lauryn’.
Read her entire essay here.
Do you think she makes substantial points? Should she have been sentenced to prison time? Are you still rooting for her musically?