I cannot imagine a Jewish artist using similes, making positive comparisons or parallels to Adolf Hitler; for that matter anything associated with the Nazi Party Why? They carry a deep understanding that they are connected to the suffering of their people and their horrifying experiences in Nazi Germany. Further, I’d be hard pressed to imagine that they would allow non-Jews to use such “creative” expression without a fight. Regardless of income, occupation or age, they are connected to that experience and thus certain sensitivities aren’t allowed to fade.
There is no way to know how many blacks died between the middle passage and slavery experience. The number is well into the millions (I’ve seen death figures around 40 million- for those dying in transit alone). It is also difficult to precisely number the blacks who were tortured and murdered during the neo-slavery period, after Reconstruction. The Tuskeege Institute figures tell us that between 1882 and 1951, well over 3,000 blacks were lynched. Many consider the figure conservative and indeed it must be when one considers the lack of value placed on black life during that period. Many died during that period as slaves being rented to corporations and buried in mines. Others were flippantly disposed of in the woods. We will never know.
What we do know is that Emmett Till was brutally murdered in 1955 and his murderers walked free. Also, his killers later told their story to a magazine, unashamedly admitting their guilt and still it did not matter. We also know that in 2013, Lil Wayne rapped that he “beat the pussy up like Emmett Till.” This is quite simple. In the face of all this history, for Wayne to flippantly compare his sexual prowess to the brutal murder of a black child, he is clearly detached from black suffering. It is obvious that he feels, in his own mind, he has risen above a history of black oppression and does not at all feel attached to it. It’s as if it doesn’t matter to him. It doesn’t move him: he’s above it and free to reference it void of reverence.
Again, I cannot imagine this in the Jewish experience. Rich or poor, it is understood that Jewish suffering must be remembered and treated with a certain reverence. Wayne clearly does not see the slaughter of millions of black people as anything worthy of remembrance, nor does he carry any sensitivity to it- it’s not his history (so he believes). In a sense, he has disassociated himself from the whole of blackness. When black conservatives appear detached or distant from “blackness” (however that is defined) they are routinely demonized as uncle toms. Well, what makes Lil Wayne different?