I was just reading Silly D’s interview in Rolling Stone’s Magazine article, “Hear Willie D’s provocative media assassination coon. Instead of creatively coming up with something new, based on an evolution of political thought (it’s been while) he simply chose to be an opportunist. He could have come up with something about police reform, community reform but his solution is to hunt who he believes are coons.
I’ve noticed that the term coon is experiencing a recent up turn, and being reintroduced into the lexicon. Ray Lewis, Rza, Don Lemon, Stephan A. Smith, Charles Barkley, all “coons”now. Bill Cosby was that guy until “they” went after him; suddenly what he said wasn’t cooning, now it’s the “man” coming after him for speaking the truth. Not many of these cats came Cosby’s defense when the likes of Eric Dyson and others went after him. But hey, when it’s the women and the left, these guys suddenly come down with a case of, the cat has my tongue, but I digress.
Silly D is a guy who participated in what Stanley Crouch termed, the “New Minstrelsy”; trafficking in black dysfunction (cooning indeed!), dust off old slogans and goes coon hunting. Unbelievable. I suspect we’ll see more artist and wacktavist piggybacking on a cheap political argument held up, vicariously, with not much more than slogans.
This repackaging of old stereotypes and labels shows that the idea of Hip Hop, as a political movement, never really materialized. I was cool with them just rocking the house but many thought there was more there and envisioned it as the voice of a new political movement. Mainly because those who would hold on to such hopes had abdicated their responsibility or simply ran out of ideas. Well, turns out it’s just, stylizing a political posture through sloganeering or at the very least that’s what it has become. This dusting off of old terms like coon, uncle tom, quoting that line from Malcolm X about the house negro which is and was, when he uttered it for a national TV audience, historically inaccurate, is the new politics of he unexamined slogan. But you can’t convince these low-attention span, low information, adverse to data in favor of half-baked slogans.
If you care too much about the murders and shootings in our urban centers, that qualifies you as a coon. Apparently people can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. From coast-to-coast, East to West and North to South, each day there are thousands of encounters between cops and Black men (men in 99% of the cases). The vast majority of these encounters do not end with police maleficence. So this overplay, given those numbers, of cops vs Black men, is a cop-out and reflective of people who don’t know what to do about this overwhelming existential crisis going on in places like Chicago. The two issues, police in desperate need of reform (which is why I preferred the emphasis on blue not black) and, what to do about the murders, shooting and violence are inseparable. But there are those who actually believe that if you avoid the subject, people won’t notice. It’s laughable they notice.
These people are in a dark room with a blindfold on searching for a black cat that isn’t there! Just how does one accuse a person like Ray Lewis, who’s actually talking to Black people, of signaling to White people in some kind of way, of cooning, versus, what the BLM movement, people who wave around the label coons are doing? And that is, in 2016, begging the question of black humanity to those same White people? You do realize that what you’re doing is, trying to get them to believe that your life should matter more in their eyes than it does? If you’re down on your knees you may as well kiss the feet.
We shall overcome and when that seems too much of a challenge, shift the focus to attacking the blacks who believe it’s a challenge that can be met or politicians who may or may not take office at some future point. Any real legitimate political movement would recognize that right now, with their hands on the levers of power, there are 2 Democrats, a Black man, POTUS and a Black woman, AG. And yet they storm the gates at Sanders and Clinton’s campaign rallies!? These theatrical tantrums and going after, Stephan A Smith, Barkley etc. is low hanging fruit for political activism that is void of ideas and doesn’t want to do the heavy lifting.
Conclusion: These people use the only perceived power they have, attacking other blacks. These are the same people who don’t want to talk about the black-on-black violence we’re seeing in our urban centers. Ironic huh? They don’t have anything original, haven’t come up with any new ideas or tactics and don’t appear terribly interested in the task.
And now, in a globalized world where identity construction is complex, the identity through politics zeitgeist is struggling. And really, this is more about identity politics than any real change. Given a world of a billion images, identity formation is increasingly optional and these low information cats like Silly D want to repressively decide what black is, what black ain’t. And that definition, in opposition to the global trend, is getting narrower and narrower. Pretty soon it will close in and feed on its on….oh that’s already happening!