Seeing three young black males embracing the awesomeness of the guitar and reclaiming the helm of Rock and following in the footsteps of such awesome Black Heavy Metal cats as Living Colour, literally made the hairs on the back on the nape of my neck stand high. My response to my friend was simply this: “Young Black kids doing Rock n Roll? I’ll support it no matter what.” Rightfully so I….guess, my friend’s rebuttal was this: “Why not support them simply because it’s kids doing good, not because they are black? Seems like the wrong reason to support them.”
This was my response…
When you’ve live in a world where you are constantly judged as different from “the norm”, ask me that question.
When you live in a world where you are constantly judged as different even WITHIN your own larger racial orientation, ask me that question.
I will support these young black kids for doing Metal purely because they dare to go against the grain and against the “norm” in regards to what black kids should spend their time doing.
I will support them for all the other young black kids out there who want to do, say or be something different than what everyone around them says they should be.
I will support them for the Black kid in the inner city who wants to show just how smart he/she really is in class but is afraid of being picked on and or ostracized by the other kids for being a punk-ass nerd.
I will support them for the black kid who would rather spend time and money dressing up as their favourite video game, comic book or anime character but then be told by those outside the counter culture and within that they can’t do that.
I will support them for all the people who forgot where Rock and Roll came from and how as Black people, we were the ones who originally created the spark of what would become Rock.
I will support them for all the adults who wished they were brave enough as kids to have been who they really were rather than what others told them to be.
I will support if for ALL children who regardless of age, race, gender or sexuality would dare to be different from what their peers tell them is the cool thing to be.
I will support them for all these “wrong” reasons.
..and you can agree with them or not.”