He so wants to believe.
Just a few years ago, the black women of Spelman College of Atlanta raised audible resentment against hip hop figure Nelly about his lewd “Tip Drill” and scared him from appearing on campus.And you can see why he suffers, the new "authenticity" is quite a come down from, to pick only one sublime example, Thelonius Monk.
Little happened after that. There were a few books written about “blackness,” but they did not create real questions about the material that supposedly defined a new level of black “authenticity.” That authenticity expressed itself in low-grade terms and inspired a disturbing number of young people to look like minstrels, especially those men who walk the streets with their underwear showing as they shout ethnic slurs at each other just about anywhere that they can.
"Blackness" has become an excuse for all manner of degradation and the impetus for this comes from whites. Eager to ditch their own culture, whites and particularly young whites, have embraced the most appalling stereotypes. Young black men like Nelly, eager to get rich, have played the part expected of them. But the problem starts with white criticism of white culture. Post-imperialism, anti-capitalism, post-modernism and some forms of feminism have fed this beast by telling young blacks and other ethnics that white Anglo-Saxon Protestant culture is worthless. And that is a lie. It's a long way from perfect but it is one of if not the greatest culture in the history of humanity.
Those of us who come from outside it and find ourselves sometimes demeaned by this culture do ourselves no favours by trying to pretend otherwise.