X-Ray (Follow Me)


Space Frog - X-Ray (Follow Me) (1997)

"Igot what you need. Follow me."

Don't mind if I do! X-Ray (Follow Me) is still one of the most stomping, ballsy techno tunes you've ever heard.

One of the arrows frequently slung by joyless racial separatists like James Earl Hardy and Jill Scott is the "white people are stealing our music" message. So far, so Eminem.

Nowadays, however, former R&B warblers like Chris Brown and Omarion have turned to that crazy '90s phenomenon known as Eurodance for their inspiration. Yes, ka-os|theorists: African-Americans are now stealing white people's music.

But, "Uh-uh!" I hear you cry with a snap of the fingers and an alarming head gyration, "What about those famous black Eurodance artists Haddaway and 2 Unlimited and La Bouche and Culture Beat and Milli Vanilli and JX, et cetera, et cetera?"

Boys and girls, as James Earl Hardy and Jill Scott will gladly lecturetell you, they were all slaves of wicked Caucasoid producers, the women working for a pittance, whilst the best of the men folk serviced their lily white masters. Right, Jill Scott?

In fact, the aforementioned artists are all European, or Americans in Europe. It's just that it's taken America 20 years to jump on the dance music bandwagon. Jill, let's just call it reparation for wiggers, and leave it at that. When we get track's like James Fauntleroy's WTF, who cares?


Anonymous said...

I love your blog. I love your thoughts. This Jill Scott issue...I just believe you're wrong about. I believe your emotions are overwhelming you. Scotts emotions overwhelm her. And she admits it. She's simply a black woman (living in a world that says she's part of the most undesirable group of humans on Earth) fleshing out her inner thoughts, struggles and turmoils.

Liberator Émigré Éire said...

Thank you Anon.

But what Jill Scott said was an attack on all those people in mixed race relationships, and an attack on the children of those relationships.

The fact she's a popular artist, and one I used to respect and whose music I once liked, doesn't allow her to incite hate and spread division.

"Fleshing out her inner thoughts" in this instance equates to telling everyone in an interraial relationship they don't count, and that their children are somehow less real.

Westboro Baptist Church are just fleshing out their inner thoughts too - is that okay with you?

Anonymous said...

I feel that she addresses racism, the state of black women in the U.S. and tries to make sense of all the nasty, craziness modern black Americans are dealing with.

You assert that she's against mixed race relationships. She admits that she's uneasy about it and she explains that it not only has to do with history, but the fact that black women are left unwed, their children fatherless, their image branded as damaged. This is no Westboro here. Black American women are in CATASTROPHIC situation where they're shouldering the black community of their back and they are simply saying, "men of other races take care of their community. Where are our men? I can't hold it together for long."

When she talks about black men with mixed race children she's simply wondering if there's a connection between black men leaving their black children without a second thought and black men who stick with their mixed kids.

She even repeatedly explains that she's conscious of how her thoughts and emotions will come across as racist and hatefull but explains she understands and that that isn't her intention.

As a gay black American I can see where she's coming from. Half the time it feel like the world's either against you or don't give a fuck about you. It's as if every other group for the most part is getting theres and you're getting mud and shit. So you have to choose. Let the issue kill you up inside. Rise above the entire paradigm and join the other few saints up there. Or get angry and say, fuck it, fuck them, fuck you, I'm doing my own thing. I think most black people (especially gay black people) end up in the first and latter. Getting to the second one requires a mind beyond the rises above most.

Liberator Émigré Éire said...

But Anon. - black Americans are in loving interracial relationships too. And they are victims of the hateful comments Jill Scott has made.

The fact she's admitted she knows they're hateful doesn't make it any better.

Why must people in interracial relationships - and their children - be made scapegoats for problems the wider black community?

So many of the black gay Americans I truly admire don't subscribe to these sorts of views - the scapegoating and inciting hate - people like Taylor Siluwe (RIP) who was in a relationship with another black man, and blogger Toddy English, who's open to any kind of hottie but has readily admitted he prefers other black men.

These guys recognise the racism that's out there, have been victims of it themselves, and aren't what racists like James Earl Hardy calls "snow queens". But they don't sit in judgement on others, or seek scapegoats for wider social dysfunction.

You can defend Jill Scott's views, as much as I will name and shame her for them. You raise many valid points, but ask yourself, what good are her words doing? And who is she really hurting with them?

Anonymous said...

She doesn't "admit" to being hateful, she just knew she was hitting a super sensitive subject. At the bottom is link to a vid of Jill Scott being interview on CNN about the issue.

If it weren't for interracial relationships over two generations, I wouldn't be here. She obviously isn't saying being mixed makes you less of a person, she's asking if (with all the stigma that comes with dark skin and kinky hair) black men prefer to have their kids mixed in order to be BETTER.

As you know, being pro-black doesn't mean you have to be anti-white but there is a spider thin line and Scott gets mighty close to it. But where we disagree is whether she crossed it or not. I don't think she did. She's merely coming from somewhere that an ethnic African-American female can come from, and to some extent, a AA GLBT person can come from.


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