Lauryn Hill Discusses Racism in Lengthy Blog Post
Although Lauryn Hill has only released one solo album and two records with her former band, The Fugees, she remains a considerably influential figure in modern music. However, her name has been popping up recently more for her legal woes than her music, and Hill recently released a massive Tumblr post that dissects the finer points of systematic racism.
Just days before she turns herself in for a three-month prison sentence for failing to pay taxes from 2005 to 2007, Lauryn Hill posted a piece on racism and its effects on contemporary culture.
In Hill’s letter she compares her prosecutor to a slave master for questioning why she hadn’t participated in any charity work throughout those years. Hill states that “even the judge had to comment that she, meaning I, was both having and raising children during this period.” Hill goes on to claim that “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.”
While these may be bold statements for some to swallow, Hill’s post continues with even more accusations.
“When you are beaten and penalized for being independent, or truly self reliant, then you develop a dysfunctional relationship with self-reliance, and a fear of true independence. When you are beaten or threatened with death for trying to read a book, then you develop a dysfunctional relationship with education.”
“Anyone forced to live so incredibly diametrically opposed to that which is natural to themselves, will end up in crisis if they don’t successfully find a way to improve or transcend these circumstances!”
Hill also chastises the institution for attempting to cover up their wrong-doings by punishing the abused for “acting-out,” saying she believes they’re simply mirroring the violence to which they were previously exposed.
“People, like plants, grow where the light is. When you enclose a plant and limit its light source, it will bend itself toward the light, for the light is necessary for its survival. This same thing happens to people locked in communities where little light and little opportunity is allowed them, survival then forces them to twist and/or bend toward the only way of escape.”
Check out the full post, “MLH On Racism,” here.
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