On her Harriet Tubman reference:
“Perhaps my seriousness and militancy in the face of tremendous resistance was misinterpreted as meanness, or that I was unloving or uncaring, when my true intent was to protect. I wouldn’t be the first Black person accused of this. I don’t think of Harriet Tubman’s skills as those of a hostess, but rather her relentless dedication to helping people who wanted out of an oppressive paradigm. #IGETOUT”
I know, I know! Lauryn Hill is NOT Harriet Tubman! But how many times have male rappers compared themselves to Martin Luther King or Malcolm X when they haven’t done anything near the work they’ve done. When it comes to women freedom fighters known by the larger public (not just within your political circle), the pool is already small. So I’m not mad if a Black woman’s only go-to comparison is Harriet Tubman, especially if her intent is not motivated by money.
Take It Or Leave It? Ms. Lauryn Hill’s Address To Robert Glasper Decoded was originally published on globalgrind.com