Dear White Supremacy: Nothing about you "cognitively, academically, socially, architecturally, culturally or even financially ... signifies a higher position," says Lupe Fiasco

The rapper took to Instagram in a three-part message on race in America

By Anna Silman
June 22, 2015 7:10PM (UTC)
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Lupe Fiasco (AP/Paul A. Hebert)

This weekend, rapper Lupe Fiasco published a three-part open letter on Instagram addressing the recent shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, by racist ideologist Dylann Storm Roof.

Addressing the piece “Dear White Supremacy,” the Chicago-based musician launched into an emotional screed about race in America, mixing earnest emotion with sharp irony to tear down notions of white superiority.

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As he wrote:

"There is nothing about you biologically or physically that denotes an innate mode of supremacy. For that matter there is also nothing about you psychologically, philosophically, cognitively, academically, socially, architecturally, culturally or even financially that signifies a higher position above any other group. And to be diplomatic there is nothing about you that denotes innate inferiority as well. So what you really are is something in the middle. You are regular."

He further expands on this notion of "regular":

"White Supremacy is a lie white regularists tell to themselves in hopes that they can get a one way ticket to the top and hope we other colors overhear it. Here's the bad news, ain't no top. Here's the good news though, ain't no bottom neither! It's just the regular ole middle where nobody is safe from being influenced by somebody else's extreme regularness. Is your swastika flag printed in Mexico? Did you know the swastika is originally from Asia and the subcontinent? Did you know black people had slaves in Africa too? Did you know in the world your considered a minority too?"

Read the full letter over on Lupe's Instagram.


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