We’re Still Racist

I believe that we over look many things we see in pop culture and on social media platforms. We use these outlets as positive sources to release our feelings about things that go on in our everyday lives. In this course, girlhood is obviously our main topic, but there have been a lot of our readings that have had racist situations or encounters.

In one of our first readings, “America”, it is said that our country with the mixing of all the immigrants has the “race of all races” and it talks about how America is a combination of so many cultures. Then we moved in Kirsten’s stories and the Little House on the Prairie, both of which involved racist depictions of Native Americans. As we addressed these topics in lecture and discussion, I started subtly noticing more racism in today’s pop culture and on social media. I believe there are plenty of issues dealing with racism that’s going on right now that is very apparent and needs to be addressed, but there is so much that goes unnoticed that needs to also be addressed.

The Grammy’s were a few days ago, and many people were shocked that Adele won album of the year instead of Beyoncé. Both had exceptionally great albums and deserved the title, but as many people put it on twitter, “Beyoncé’s album was groundbreaking and inspiring”. My favorite part about this is that Adele went up to give her acceptance speech and spent most of it thanking Beyoncé. She said, “I can’t possibly accept this award, and I’m very humble and very grateful, but my artist of my life is Beyoncé.” She then goes on to say, “The way you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel is empowering and they stand up for themselves. And I love you. I always have.” Later she ended up breaking her Grammy in half and giving part of it to Beyoncé.

This is such an awesome moment and I felt related well the many of the racist parts of our readings. Both artists understood that the Grammy’s are traditional, but Beyoncé choose to make that album to inspire people and Adele used her place and power to bring attention and credit to that.

There are also so many articles floating around discussing the Grammy issue. I did find one that I thought talked about it quite well though.


2 thoughts on “We’re Still Racist”

  1. Thank you for sharing! I truly believe this reflects the idea that woman are starting to stand their ground and show their strength. Adele used her “prestige” (winning the trophy) to adjust to an outcome she wished had occurred. That’s really powerful and beautiful. This reminds me of the friendship Kirsten and Singing Bird have. They have different backgrounds and cultures, but they look up to and inspire one another. Kirsten is inspired by the Native American culture, just as Adele is inspired and appreciates Beyonce and her music.

  2. I agree completely. I loved Adele’s album 25, but Lemonade had a much wider impact on society and was both more groundbreaking and more inspiring. I read an article that suggested that Lemonade was “too black” for the Grammy audience which is incredibly disheartening, but has truth to it. Lemonade made white people uncomfortable, which became evident when the results were in. Adele using her platform to call attention to the injustice was the best way to handle the situation, but I think you summed it up best with your title. Using the “America” keyword in this instance is also interesting when we think of “America” as citizenship, seeing as Beyonce is a citizen and originates from Texas, where as Adele is from the UK and therefore not a citizen. I think it says something significant that Americans related to the white artist more, regardless of citizenship or country of origin. We are indeed still racist. Thanks for writing this!

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