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Lauryn Hill addresses racism: ‘Whites used race to justify oppression’

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Lauryn Hill is preparing to go to federal prison for four months having plead guilty to tax evasion charges. But the former Fugee is still making her voice heard via Tumblr posts–some more coherent than others. The multiple Grammy winner’s latest outburst came in the form of a lengthy post addressing racism, slavery and the idea that non-white peoples’ animosity or contempt for white people is the result of centuries of oppression.

“The concept of reverse racism is flawed, if not absolutely ridiculous,” Hill’s post reads. “Most, if not all of the negative responses from people of color toward white people, are reactions to the hatred, violence, cruelty and brutality that they were shown by white people for centuries. Much of the foundation of the modern world was built on the forced free labor of black people. The African Slave Trade, the institution of slavery, colonialism, its derivative systems, and the multiple holocausts throughout history, where whites used race as the defining reason to justify their oppression, conquest, and brutal treatment of non-white peoples, are how race became such a factor to begin with. The initial claim by the oppressors, followed a moral imperative (so they said) that God justified the captivity of these people, and the rape and pillage of their lands.”

“In order to justify reverse racism one would have to first create an even playing field, undo the generations of torture, terror, and brutality, and then judge whether or not a non-white person is in fact a racist. This approach would require people to examine the need/addiction to feel superior to someone else for no justifiable reason. True dominion is self evident and not the result of sabotaging another in order to achieve it. The Universe, will eventually seek to right/balance itself. Of course there are white people who live transcendent lives, not exploiting ill-gotten privilege or perpetuating the sins of their ancestors who used violence and deceit as a means to gain advantage over others. Humanity in proper order is obligated to acknowledge the Truth, whoever it comes from, be they black, white or other. Righteous indignation is simply a response to long-standing evil.”