Logic Struggling To Process Violent Race Riots In The U.S.
(AllHipHop News) Logic could be so much more powerful if he threw on his Black man bomber jacket and jumped out in the streets like the Public Enemy/Wu-Tang Clan/Rage Against the Machine offspring that we thought he presented himself as.
But he ain't did that yet and people are wondering "why?"
This might be the answer: white-skin privilege often makes mixed-race people seem uncomfortable when they are put to the test. All of a sudden, people want you to choose something, anything.
Instead, they are frozen ... uncomfortable as the prying and judgmental eyes of the public put them on blast ... catching them between two worlds of racial anguish.
It is one thing to say that you're about racial equality.
It is a whole other thing to say you're down with the hard work of revolutionary equity ... and in the infamous words of Prodigy, “there’s a war going on outside.”
It might not be so … but it sure seems like that.
When called to choose a side and say something, some people of mixed-race (not all) stumble over their own words, as they nervously become aware that their cloak of safety and security, prosperity, and cultural-acceptance, is fragile.
The reality of this perpetual cultural purgatory, where they are trapped between their whiteness and otherness is a social prison and prism that they can’t easily escape.
The s##t has to be scary …
So let's not judge so quickly ... you know why … because race and identity as beautiful as they are ... are both be scary ... can be ugly ... and almost always complicated. And wouldn't always being in the balance, navigating the two wear you down?
Logic appears to be worn down by the race thing.
Give him a different cause — suicide — poverty — drug addiction — let him skip the race thing. He can after all ... He is (typed in a hushed whisper) one of those types of negroes.
Sociologically, let’s talk about it.
While the easiest way to talk about this phenomenon might be WEB Dubois’ concept of “double-consciousness,” a social philosophy birthed out of his book The Souls of Black Folk, a brilliant work published a few decades after slavery, that truly is not a fit.
This twoness is what so many Black folk do ... code-switching ... talking a certain way at work or at school than you do when you are with your peeps. It is how our language means one thing to us, but something else to them. How you can be in a room with them and look at another person of color and just know they are thinking the same thing, "This some bullsh*t!"
In the case of those of American multiraciality, particularly in pop culture and especially depending on how your face and body reads, your racialization can depend on your ability to retreat into that whiteness when it works well for you. If you pass, you are privy to conversations so many people are excluded from.
On the contrary, you may also abound in your Blackness when that form of appropriation is profitable … or at the very least comfortable. Being Black is cool and you get (all puns intended) brownie points from being able to slide in and out the culture.
Logic (for the record) is not getting rich off his Blackness.
In a weird way, while Kim Kardashian might have blown up off it and Eminem gets props for denying and dancing around it, Logic seems to get whipped living between that two-ness, maybe even in a third reality that so many of the slave children probably had to.
Even more difficult is the fact that he is the product of paternal Blackness, dispelling the “you are what your mother is” rule made prominent by slavery.
No really, that is a thing: A 1662 law called the "Partus sequitur ventrem" made all children of enslaved mothers slaves, regardless of the father's race or status, so that those raped by their white slavemasters couldn't create a free child.
And so when you had a white mother, the backlash resulted in many children inheriting a particular type of "shame." The child is not like its mother and could possibly be the stain on her lily-white social blouse.
If racism and modern-day slavery has morphed but still has a remnant, there are still places where the possible residue of this still remains. That comes to mind when watching rapper Logic, the emcee out of Maryland, talk about his inability to articulate how he feels about what is going on.
He, like most Americans, is traumatized. But unlike many activists of his ilk, Black, white or indifferent, he has not taken to the streets or adopted the embodiment of what his music and his rap personage suggest.
See everybody is about that revolution until there is about that revolution.
In a video uploaded on his YouTube channel, BobbysWorld, he shared with his 1.23 million subscribers and his Instagram the following:
“So first and foremost, I just want to say that my heart … man I feel like really weird doing this video if I am being completely honest. My heart and soul is with everyone out there right now who is going through this state of our country. It’s been so crazy to process because it happened so fast … mind you after hundreds of oppression.”
“But with the recent events of how quickly everything happened in many ways it is like I have been mourning with this country. This country has been mourning. There is no way you can stand by … I mean I haven’t been on social media for my own mental health for months and months back … it’s a crazy place but I had to break that.”
“I just had my son and when I think about the events that are happening now, I look at my boy and am like this isn’t the world I want him to grow up in.”
“I don’t know what I can do or say, but I am trying to do it. And anybody out there that is like be as peaceful as you can but at the same time … we got to you know what I mean … we got to let these people know. I am literally like speechless at everything that is going on. This is crazy. This is what I have spent my entire year fighting against.”
Logic’s racial identity has always felt painful.
Many Blacks don’t even give him a chance because his experiences and fan base are sooo white. He can rap and is super clever, but who few check for him ... which is dumb whack.
But also, if you listen to him talk about his Blackness or hear him talk about growing up with a Black father addicted to drugs and a white mother who used racial slurs when talking to her seven bi-racial children (even Logic who looks the most white), you can see wherein the rub lies in his ability to fully articulate how he feels about “what is going on” in the world.
He even said this … something many a tragic mulatto has expressed in such a stigmatized world ... that has to make you feel for him.
"It's scary to say, 'This is who I am,' and the world goes, 'No, you're not,'" he told NPR in 2017. "You know, 'You haven't experienced that, you didn't grow up like this.' "
In his video, he struggled not only to speak about what the current state of the world is but also could not even say the names of the three most recent victims of police-involved murders.
And while it is disappointing that he can’t articulate his pain, fear, hurt, trauma … we all get it. But does he? And if he does, does he understand why his voice matters?
Some people don’t have the luxury of being in the home away from it.
Some people don't get the nod from the cops when they see them in a car.
Some people will just have to deal with a Central Park Karen call the cops on you while you are bird-watching with your Harvard degree ... damn it you can have a Harvard degree and CPK gonna get you!
Logic, you got to push pass this neutrality of being light-skinned and straight-haired and speak out strongly like the Black man you are!
But in the same breath … We understand the deliberation. Some of us will never know how it feels to have the guilt associated with getting the pass. It ain’t his fault.
Logic has the celebrity and platform to do more than post a link for people to support Black businesses.
Bruh. You have to do more. F##k your skin ...
Your ancestors (we know you know them) are raging in your spirit. They are calling you to fight for them.
Perhaps, that is why you can’t find the words … you can’t because you feel that MAAFA rising in your DNA, telling you that there is more required of you and words are not adequate.
Get some Nat Turner in your spine and make a difference.