“There is nothing about you biologically or physically that denotes an innate mode of supremacy,” Rapper Lupe Fiasco writes in his poignant response to the lunatic assertions in killer Dylan Roof’s white supremacist manifesto. (Or in response, really, to any idiotic white supremacist thinking.) Fiasco decides to take a cool, logical approach rather than an impassioned one — sure to confound the racists he responds to.
“If you wanted to get really ironic and meta about it, White Supremacy has to validate it’s own identity based solely on its relationship to other races,” Fiasco writes. “I mean now that’s what I would call joined at the hip.” Fiasco lists numerous qualities for which whites display no innate superiority to any other race (“psychologically, philosophically, cognitively, academically, socially, architecturally, culturally”). He then goes wonderfully out of his way — sure to infuriate the supremacists! — to let the poor bastards know they’re not inferior either. “To be diplomatic there is nothing about you that denotes innate inferiority as well. So what you really are is something in between. You are regular.” Regrettably all too regular, one might respond. But Fiasco’s essay is a strong denunciation made with the welcome confidence that the fair rational future is imminent, whatever the Dylan Roofs believe.