Back to the Commons

We’ve looked at the root causes and the perspectives of successful female black artists on the issue of racism in the music industry, so what are we supposed to do with this information now? I would like to optimistically take a look at the root solutions for this problem and how they apply to the rules of democracy.

Taking a deeper look into more root causes of racism in the music industry; I thought it was extremely interesting to see a black female artist, Azealia Banks, criticize other white female artists for “appropriating black culture” calling them “corny” . Women, especially black women, trying to make a name for themselves in an industry that already oppresses female artists regardless of their skin color should really stick together! In my previous post I included a link to Tinashe speaking out about there only being room for “one” type of female artist in the industry, inferring that the only room available belongs to white female artists. I had never thought about this concept before. But, here we are, with Azealia Banks calling out other white female artists and Tinashe saying there is not room for black female artists (besides powerful and established women such as Beyonce or Nicki Minaj). I guess I’m trying to boil it down to the fact that along with racism in society being a root cause; animosity between black and white female artists is another big root cause. If music really is “for everyone” who is any artist to tell anyone else how to express their creativity? I’m not saying Azaelia isn’t wrong for calling out Iggy Azalea for appropriating black culture, but Iggy isn’t wrong for the right to express herself through her own music the way she wants to.

Azealia Banks


Iggy Azalea 

The “commons” refers to something in our world that cannot belong to anyone. I believe that music should always be considered part of the commons; yet if we continue to spread racism in our society we will never achieve this. A couple main underlying root causes of racism in the music industry are the way our society still perceives racism and animosity within the music industry itself; until we can change that, we will have no luck in succeeding to make music part of the commons and equally shared/ produced for everyone.

After touching on the root causes and possible solutions for this issue my main questions is: why do we care? I touched upon this question in my last blog post but I would love to find research that can show why we care so much, and what that says about us as a society. I don’t mean why do we care about racism because obviously that is an important issue, but why do we feel the need to blog about it? Or, stalk our favorite celebrities social media sites to see their thoughts? Or tear apart Beyonce’s videos to try and find the meaning of them? I’d like to think that it is a positive thing; people coming together to raise awareness towards an issue they all feel passionate about?


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