Akala

Akala


Hip Hop Artist, writer, educator. Immovable & Hip Hop Shakespeare Company / Bookings: sam@diplomatsofsound.org / Press/General Enqs: info@hiphopshakespeare.com

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The management of COVID was just another example in a wider Caribbean paradox - managing some really big things extremely well, while still failing miserably on many basics, most obviously inequality and extreme levels of violence...

But because Jamaicans asses failure/success against UK, Canada and the USA (the nations most Jamaicans migrate to) they/we have perhaps unrealistic expectations of Jamaica (in developmental context), though arguably that’s a good thing...

Which seems odd, cos you’d think apologists for colonialism would want to claim those relative achievements (along with extremely high levels of press/artistic freedom) as at least partly a result of inherited English institutions...

However this begs the uncomfortable question, is democracy always the best option for economic development? See South Korea for example, twice as poor as Ghana in 1961, look at it today...

If we use those/any serious measures of acculturation i’d stake my house on it that actually a *lack* of proper Black culture correlates far more closely with academic failure than possession of it. Same for non Black children of course, culture, actual culture, is powerful.

Half a century from now with the right local governance, less foreign imposed constraints/debt and an elite genuinely interested in production for national development who knows what might be possible...

I wrote a novel... it’s out now. ??

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What about ‘black on black’ violence? A thread for the ultimate pretend counter argument...

Rest in power to all the people that lost their lives and #Grenfell  three years ago and love to all the bereaved and survivors. ??

I suppose it is worth remembering the UK establishment did *literally* erase/burn and bury much of its own history. #OperationLegacy 

Sorry new rule. I am no longer replying to people that lack basic comprehension in reading and mathematics and have the gall to be arrogant on top of it. Disagree well, have some intellectual self respect.

Yo people I’ll be doing an Instagram live tonight at 9pm UK time. Bring your thoughts, ideas, questions and suggestions...safe ??

I think a lot of the push back against footballers having so much money by the mail etc is the subtle undertone of the chavs should not have so much p.. (especially the black ones of course) because...

While the scale of police brutality is obviously a hundred times worse in the US this old film might give you some context on why the issue resonates with people here especially as the police tried to have the film suppressed at the time...

But what exactly is ‘black on black’ violence? Is the Mafias violence olive on olive? Mexican drug cartels reddish brown on reddish brown? Russian Mafia white on white and the Japanese occupation of China ‘yellow on yellow’ etc...

Firstly on a basic level just imagine being such a bootlicker that you would essentially attempt to justify unpunished extrajudicial killings by agents of the state on the grounds that civilians also kill sometimes...

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