AFRICANGLOBE – ASAP Rocky is sitting in a cell somewhere in Sweden. Some hip hop artists and activists are calling for his immediate release stating he’s being detained in inhumane conditions. Some argue he was harassed and defended himself in what is being labeled as assault. This has caused a bit of a fight among Black people that can be seen as principle verses karma.
The conversation is being had that we shouldn’t get behind every Black person that deals with injustice. We shouldn’t champion the cause of anyone that speaks ill of our women, and those that dismiss the fight of Black people in this country. ASAP Rocky has committed both of these crimes.
He has disrespected Black women in his commentary, and he let us know in that movements such as the Black Lives Matter isn’t for him. His comments on Ferguson greatly offended Black people. Ironically, he now needs help from the same people he once dismissed.
In an interview in 2016 he stated: “So every time something happens because I’m Black I gotta stand up? What the f*ck am I, Al Sharpton now? I’m A$AP Rocky. I did not sign up to be no political activist,” Rocky said at the time. “I don’t wanna talk about no f*cking Ferguson and shit because I don’t live over there! I live in f*cking Soho and Beverly Hills. I can’t relate. I’m in the studio; I’m in these fashion studios; I’m in these b*tches’ drawers. I’m not doing anything outside of that. That’s my life.”
These comments have led some to believe he’s getting the karma attached to his own words. His people have reached out to Al Sharpton…the same activist he mentions I’m his comments. Some Black people feel he needs to keep that same energy, and seek help from people in Beverly Hills. Should we care about what has happened, or is happening to ASAP Rocky and other Black people like him?
This situation makes me think about the family member that is toxic, and very selfish. If a situation isn’t about them it’s not important. They’ve alienated many of their family members, and they hate to see them at any family function. However, if they are attacked, harmed, or illegally detained they want someone to show up on behalf of the family.
I don’t know if we should care about ASAP Rocky. If we can fight that behavior, we should…on principle. It seems he’s forgotten where he came from as he tried to re-write his narrative in a way that removes him from the responsibility of being Black. That is unacceptable.
He has to be accountable for the position the took, and the words he spoke.
By: Christian Starr