June 8, 2010 by Marc Lamont Hill
In a recent interview, rapper Slim ThugÂ unleashed a very disturbing attack on Black women, here’s an excerpt:
…Most single Black women feel like they donâ€™t want to settle for less. Their standards are too high right now. They have to understand that successful Black men are kind of extinct. Weâ€™re important. Itâ€™s hard to find us so Black women have to bow down and let it be known that they gotta start working hard; they gotta start cooking and being down for they man more. They canâ€™t just be running around with their head up in the air and passing all of us.
I have a brother that dates a White woman and he always be fucking with me about it saying, ‘Yâ€™all gotta go through all that shit [but] my White woman is fine. She donâ€™t give me no problems, she do whatever I say and yâ€™all gotta do all that arguing and fighting and worry about all this other shit.’…
While many people dismissed it as a publicity stunt or the rant of an ignorant rapper, I felt compelled to respond to him in the form of an open letter.
A few days ago, you made comments inÂ Vibe magazine that have caused a great deal of controversy. While I appreciate your willingness to offer your opinion in public, you made several statements that were not only unfair and untrue, but deeply damaging to our community. Normally, I would reach out to you privately, but since your comments were made in a very public place, I feel compelled to respond in the same manner.
As an artist who is respected by millions of fans, particularly young ones, I found your comments to be hurtful and irresponsible. For good or for bad, our children follow the lead of you and other artists for everything from fashion and slang to self-esteem, body image and relationships. Imagine how a young black girl feels to hear from you, her role model, that her â€œstandards are too highâ€ and that she should â€œbow downâ€ and â€œsettle for less.â€ Consider the pain that our beautiful brown skinned babies feel when Yung Berg says he doesnâ€™t date â€œdark butts.â€ Think about the self-esteem of our community when Nelly refers to our mothers, sisters, and daughters as â€œTip Drills.â€
As celebrities, your public comments are not just your own. Instead they influence the choices, beliefs, and lives of an entire generation of young people who look to you for direction.
Of course, you have every right to say things that you think are true. The problem, however, is that there was very little truth in your comments.
In your interview, you talk about how much better white women treat their partners than black women. If what youâ€™re saying is true, why do Whites have the highest divorce rate of any group? Do white men get tired of being treated like kings? In reality, it seems that you are buying into (and selling) a stale but dangerous ideal that constructs White women as ultra-feminine, loving, queens, and Black women as angry, selfish, and untrustworthy hoes.
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