“TV pundits and politicians have blamed the Black family, and particularly absent Black dads, for all kinds of social ills. Are Black kids struggling in school? Blame the Black family. Are Black kids getting locked up at exorbitant rates? The problem is absent Black dads. This allows the state to wash its hands of responsibility for underfunding schools while building prisons.
Now Jay-Z joins the chorus: absent Black fathers play a role in police violence. What he forgets to mention is the white supremacist cops, the discrepancies in how white and Black people are treated by police, and the long and racist history of the police. He also “forgets” to mention why some Black fathers aren’t around: namely because of the deliberate actions of the state to destroy the Black family.”
Such as Nixon’s war on black people, the war on drugs (designed to disproportionately lock black people up), the war on black neighborhoods (allowing developers like Paul Mckee to spread blight like wildfire), black businesses (being shut out, lack of resources, hard to get funding to build or expand… black businesses don’t get the tax breaks and incentives white businesses do), black homeowners (predatory loans), black schools (allowing entire districts that service black children to lose accreditation then diverting money from these poor performing schools to white suburban schools), black entertainment (stereotyping/bastardizing), black men, women and children in a variety of ways from criminalizing blackness to uplifting black women and using them against black men to the school to prison pipeline. Black fathers absent or otherwise are not responsible for any of that.
If the powers that be can reduce Jay (a billionaire) to a puppet so easily, imagine the influence they have over black leaders, the black clergy, black celebrities… And black social justice warriors… All it takes is dangling a carrot, they no longer have to use the stick.
Jay-Z Is Wrong: White Supremacy and Capitalism Cause Police Brutality—Not Absent Fathers
Billionaire Jay-Z has made a stunning claim: that single-parent households are to blame for police murders. Not so long ago, he was making songs against police brutality. But he is a capitalist, and he says whatever will make money.