The catchphrase “WE WERE ROOTING FOR YOU, WE WERE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU” popularized by model Tyra Banks in an episode of America’s Next Top Model, rang true for black twitter when we found out our beloved Daniel Caeser was a man with a beautiful voice but archaic mindset when it comes to race relations.
On Wednesday, March 20th, the “Best Part” singer decided to hop his drunken behind on Instagram live to defend the “Social Media Influencer” Yesjulz, a white women who has had a history of attacking black women for being “jealous” of her and has recently come under attack for mentioning State of The Culture consultant Scottie Beam and Digital Marketing Strategist Karen Civil in a recent interview. Caeser started off by saying “Why are we being so mean to Julz?”, “Why are we being so mean to white people?” He then continued by saying, “Why is that we’re allowed to be disrespectful and rude to everybody else, and when anybody returns any type of energy to us… that’s not equality!” Caesar exclaimed. “I don’t want to be treated like I can’t take a joke.” But if it couldn’t get any worse he then decided to come up with a solution for America’s racial problems, “White people have been mean to us in the past, yeah, but what are you going to do about it? Tell me what you’re going to do about that? […] Are we on top of society? We’re not. You can’t win the game by choosing to not accept the winning team’s strategy. You have to acknowledge the strategy and build a strategy on top of that.” How can some be so loud and so wrong at the same time.
I personally don’t have an issue with Daniel Caeser’s opinion because a wise man once said, “Opinions are like a*ssholes, everyone has them.” But what I do have an issue with is the fact this man can talk about a serious topic that that he has no background knowledge about. In Caeser’s defense, and I say this VERY loosely, he is from Canada; but even Canada has their own racial problems that I, an American, have no background knowledge about, therefore am not equipped to talk about. Black people, specifically black women who are in the lowest of the social totem pole, have every right to attack anyone, especially a white women, who has come for them time and time again. I understand that there is a percentage of black men who feel the need to protect “their precious white jewel” but if you are going to do that, do it at your own time and in private, because we, black women, have had enough of a lot of these men’s “caping and cooning,”and do not mind dragging you at the drop of a dime.
Also, to give this young man a history lesson, white people were not “mean to black people in the past.” White people stole a group of people from their home land, forced them into servitude, sexually and physically abused them, created laws to subject them to 3/5th’s of a human being, and till this day have created laws to make sure that black people are systematically oppressed; so no sir, “mean” is a kid being made fun of at the playground, we have been subjected to genocide.
I also find it funny that Caeser calls white society “the winning team” when he is literally in a genre created by black people, as well as a career that was catapulted by a majority black, specifically, black women fan base; don’t bite the hand that feeds you…literally.
I just hope that this is a lesson, to not only Daniel Caeser, but other celebrities, that if you are going to talk about a serious and sensitive topic, then come with facts, and if you can’t do that, then SHUT UP.