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Monday, June 27, 2016



Williams’s wide-ranging speech paid respect to the black women “who have spent their lives nurturing everyone before themselves—we can and will do better for you”; name-checked those whose lives were lost in the struggle for racial equality, from Tamir Rice and Eric Garner to Rekia Boyd and Sandra Bland; and it took on how “this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil—black gold, ghettoizing and demeaning our creations then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit.”

Enter Justin Timberlake, he of “SexyBack” fame, who tweeted the following:

Black Twitter had to inform Justin Timberlake that Jesse Williams was complaining about him among many white people who steal from us and give back nothing, not even much of a peep from him on Black Lives Matter. Most of us haven't forgotten the cowardice he showed during Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" either. 

First, Timberlake tried to be sarcastic when black twitter started going after him. Then he realized it was snowballing and tried to apologize. But even his apology tweet sound like "All Lives Matter" and "We're All One Race The Human Race" between the lines.

Is it just me or do the last four words mean "WHITE LIVES MATTER TOO" as if  white male lives don't matter first, middle, last, and always. Why didn't he stop this tweet four words sooner? Not that this would have compensated for decades worth of taking sans an ounce of giving. But, the wording is so awkward, it almost has to have some specialized meaning. I can't help but think he's one of those people who hears "Black Lives Matter" and thinks

"But what about us? The history books, the movies, the people who run our government looking 90% like me isn't enough. What about white people?"

Justin Timberlake probably just a simple-minded entertainer that was lucky to graduate high school. But I'm glad those who steal from us get handed their heads nowadays. It's the only way they will learn.

And if Timberlake does more than apologize, if he gets up off his imitation - of - black - life ass, admits he capitalized off black music ala Eminem, and consistently does something for Black Lives Matter from now until the day he dies of old age, maybe we can call what he did to rise to the top of the music world "cultural exchange" instead of calling it the "straight cultural theft" that it is for now.