Waka Flocka Says He’s Damn Sure Not Black
I almost don’t want to even write this up because it’s a little too tragic. But alas, the topic is an interesting one and certainly one that will stir a conversation. So, here we are.
Recently, rapper Waka Flocka appeared on “Sway in the Morning.” During his sit down, he made some interesting comments about racial identity.
“When it comes to talking about African Americans, I have no education with that. Period. I’m not even connected to that. That’s a system. That’s like connected to ‘Hey he’s a bad guy. Don’t hang with him.’ I’m not African American at all. My folks is not from Africa. A lot of people in this room’s folks not from Africa. Might be a couple. People just don’t understand. I ask my grandma, what’s your background? She like, ‘Red foot and Black toe Indian.’ Yeah, my mother and father, we’re 100 percent Indian.’ Ask my other grandma, we got Cherokee in us, European and Italian, a little Dominican. It’s crazy. Y’all looking at me funny like, ‘N*gga, I’m African. You’re not though. 80 percent of slaves was already here, was natives.
Sway: 80. Where you get that number from?
Waka: Sh* I just check the books.
Sway: Which book?
Waka: I got a whole laptop full of this sh*t. Just from me reading. It’s not a solid book, like ‘Hey only a thousand slaves came here.’ Nah n*gga you gotta read. You have to literally read. I’m so deep into it I don’t think about a slave ship. I think about what was a slave ship called? Jesus. What the f*ck was the slave ship called that Christopher Columbus was on?
When one of the hosts asked about his identity, Waka said this.
Waka: “I’m other. I’m uneducated. So for me to sit here like a college professor, I’m wrong. I’m uneducated. I’m confused. But I’m damn sure not Black. You not going to call me Black. My grandmother is not Crayola. I’m connected to a tribe. I’m from a tribe, not a country. It’s a big difference. Different laws, different everything. Big difference.”
It’s clear that in the midst of this, someone, likely from Waka’s team taps Sway and probably told him to change the subject because homeboy was f*cking up.
But Waka circled back, “I don’t want to make n*ggas feel like I’m on some other sh*t because I’m saying I don’t want to connect with African Americans like I’m saying f*ck Black. It’s nothing like that. It’s that my eyelids is up. And when your eyelids is up, you read about everything you put in your mouth, you say out your mouth, you walk, you talk and conversate with. I don’t live for money everyday no more. I live for the truth.”
Sounds like standard Hotep. And while that teaching is supposed to be about self-love, Black empowerment and enlightenment, much of still sounds like it’s rooted in White supremacy and Anti-Blackness. The word “Black,” the definition has been demonized. Which is why he said it’s associated with being a bad dude, which is why he was quick to identify himself with Europeans and Indigenous people and Dominicans, which is Black, European and Indigenous.
I think the take away from this is what Waka said himself, he’s uneducated. Somebody need to swab Waka to show him his African Ancestry, a geography/history/anthropological lesson etc. Because them internet books aren’t telling him everything he needs to know.
You can watch the entire interview in the video below. The first 5 minutes deal with identity and race, later he speaks about sexual assault, NFL protests, and most poignantly about leaving the streets and elevating your mind.