Macklemore put out a video/song in 2016 that become more relevant by the moment.
It ends with the statement, your silence is a luxury. Hip Hop is not a luxury.
It's a long video and he raps fast, but I encourage you to listen carefully. He touches on the appropriation of the hip hop and culture without being sensitive to the trials and tribulations of the people who built the culture of it.
It makes me think of how so many suburban moms who take their kids to hip hop dance classes and kids learn all the neat movements and isolations and present the dance real, real good, but never really understand the emotions behind it. It just seems so empty to me.
like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMBB4zW9I2Q
And this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXLwYkQiz88
It's kind of upsetting to me.
If you are going to teach your kids cultural dance, take them into the culture, into the studious, into the streets where the people who understand it are choreographing it. It hurts my soul to see see kids learning sanitized versions of a pure art form... It's kinda like watching hip-hop country dancing. Stop it.
I'm not saying for a minute that all cultures can participate in black culture... but don't sanitize it. Learn it from the masters.
It's on the wall. There is unity in diversity.
Participate in the art... participate in the struggle. Your silence is a luxury some of us can't afford.