bckgrnd. reviews— "I'm Not Racist" by Joyner Lucas

Updated: Oct 26, 2020

To understand racism and any other negative social construct that has been placed in our society, you must understand the two sides that come within its story. You must be willing to accept the black, the white, and the grays in between and you must accept it wholeheartedly with an open mind. You can no longer be on the outside looking in; you must be within their world, experiencing their world through yours. Joyner Lucas provided the perfect example to this exact situation.

Last night, Lucas released a very compelling video, titled “I’m Not Racist”, discussing the injustice, unfairness, confusion, and overall human error within the black and white community. It opens with a white man in a Make America Great Again hat with the lyrics:

“With all due respect. I don’t have pity for you black niggas, That’s the way I feel.
Screamin’ ‘Black Lives Matter’. All the black guys rather be deadbeats than pay their bills.
Yellin’ ‘Nigga this’ and ‘Nigga that’. Call everybody nigga and get a nigga mad. As soon as I say “Nigga’ then everyone react.”

Now this is the part when a good 84% of the listeners completely tune out the message because the white man “said” some very offensive things, including the #1 controversial argument in discussion between black people and white people: the use of the ‘n’ word. Before I go any further, let me just say this:

Please watch the entire video before giving any reaction or opinion on the content of this piece. It is very crucial to completely understand the content before pulling an empty opinion out of your ass. Watch it twice if you have to.

Also, Joyner Lucas is NOT in the video. This is Joyner Lucas:

While “the white man” continues his point of view, he also strings out the errors in the black community and explains that we are falling behind in the system because we continue to fall within the stereotypical norms and shortcomings within our own community, yet we are so quick to blame another for our actions. He also has some things to say about Eminem’s Hip Hop Cypher at the BET Awards.

Now, while you have your panties in a knot and you’re completely angered about what MAGA had to say, what completely wraps this all together is when the black youth began to speak on how he felt. His opening lines were:

“With all disrespect. I don’t really like you white motherfuckers, that’s just where I’m at.
Screamin’ “All Lives Matter”. Is a protest to my protest, what kind of shit is that?
And that’s one war you’ll never win. The power in the word “nigga” is a different sin. We shouldn’t say it, but we do, and that’s just what it is. But that don’t mean that you can say it just ‘cause you got nigga friends.”

Powerful opening. Notice how MAGA began his by saying “With all due respect… ” to try to soften his true emotions in a passive aggressive manner, yet the black youth is coming full force at MAGA’s neck by starting his off with “With all disrespect…”. Such a small detail, yet it paints a huge picture on the two different perspectives of the two different races.

The black youth then addresses the misconceptions and stereotypes that MAGA pointed out and even mentions Barack Obama and the hatred that he received.

After watching this video and listening to this track, I noticed how complex of a storyteller Lucas is in this piece. Please understand that he must step into the mind of a white man while simultaneously showing the errors in the white man’s thought process, then turn around and do the same thing with a black man. Remember, Lucas has to stand and defend his own race and also point out the errors of his own race from both sides, yet still manage to allow the two opposing sides to become one in the end. I don’t think people grasp the complexity of that. It’s a lot of emotion and realization and honesty that may be too much to comprehend or too hard to get through to some people. No, Lucas does not hate his own race, nor does he hate white people. Lucas is simply exposing the faults of each side and allowing them to come together and understand each other’s differences. If one man can do this within a song, I do believe that two people can do this, and possibly more.

If you have not watched the video, please watch below. Remember to keep an open mind and have a steady and patient listening ear. Watch it twice if you have to.