6 Derailment Tactics Used To Silence Criticism of Hip Hop/Rap
1) “It’s not the ONLY thing that is misogynist!” Now this one cuts two ways since it is in the vested interest of White supremacy to pretend that rap and Black men, by proxy, are the only men capable of misogyny. This racism is more see thru than Saran Wrap since we live in a White supremacist capitalist patriarchal society. It’s a rape culture. Misogyny is everywhere. HOWEVER, even when a person (especially a Black woman) is providing nuanced critique and she is silenced with the “well ‘everything’ is misogynist, so might as well applaud misogyny in rap” statement, it is unacceptable.
2) “You didn’t critique it ‘before!’” No. YOU did not listen before. Further, to pretend that people were not bothered by certain hip hop or rap songs prior to social media because people did not “see” their tweets since Twitter did not exist or because they did not blog is so ridiculous. There were AOL chats, conversations, papers for school, discussions among friends, and curating choices to find hip hop and rap artists or songs that did not make people feel as attacked. There are writers like dream hampton who provided nuanced critique on hip hop for decades. There are plenty of Black women whose opinions were IGNORED until this Rick Ross moment, and now some people are angry because there are Black men who are ALSO not pleased about Ross and are anti-rape culture as well. Patriarchy, sexism and misogynoir are why Black women’s outrage means less unless Black men are involved as well.