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A french rapper #NickConrad has made a music video "Hang up white people" showing life if Black people had enslaved white people (think a more violent Noughts and Crosses). A few anti racists organizations have sued him & he is on trial right now
The prosecution also says that anti white racism is alive and well and white people deserve to be protected. For them, #NickConrad is encouraging his audience to kill white people and the music video should have had a mention that it was fictional.
Conrad mentions that all his life he has faced racism. He used to work at a four star hotel and the micro agressions there were unbearable. He quickly realizes France would never acknowledge a black person like him. He wanted to portray that violence.
The prosecution argues that Conrad uses a "black supremacist language" with words like "queen" "king" when he mentions Africa (Hoteps are shaking!!). They say that Black spaces that have appeared recently due to ethnocentrism are dangerous.
The prosecution says that Conrad's song is anachronic. For them: "you can talk about slavery, that happenned in the 18th/19th century and transpose it in a French banlieue in 2018".
The lawyers argue whether or not Conrad is a real rapper, considering he had a day job up until last year (day job he lost following the controversy). Eventually, for the prosecution Conrad has "talent" but don't understand why he keeps mentioning Malcolm X, a "black supremacist"
Conrad says that black people can't be black supremacists because, frankly, we're at the bottom of the ladder.
The prosecution mentions that they are many pop culture references in the video (Get out, Malcolm X, American History X) and French people may not know them. Conrad cheekily replies that he knows them and he is French.
The prosecution says that Conrad should have mentioned MLK in his song, who was more peaceful (A big fat lie to anyone with a brain who is aware of his Letter from a Birmingham jail:…)
The prosecution says that a fictional work should be "tender and "poetic" (Do they listen to punk? Metal? Eminem??) and saying that "white people should be hanged" is not.
It's #NickConrad lawyers' turn. For them, rap music can be outrageous, controversial and case law has showed that. Other French rappers have been acquitted. In France, there are no groups of Black people who are out there hanging up white people.
There is no way the music video could happen in real life. There's no realism whatsoever in it. #NickConrad is being judged for facts that don't exist. And the prosecution deliberately ignores that the Ku Klux Klan is alive and thriving. How can they not see it's a role reversal?
The lawyers read the song's lyrics and explain them by showing how it describes racism happening daily to Black people. They also say that Malcolm X fought all his life to free Black people. French ppl because of their so called "universalism" don't understand him.
On top of that, in France there is that weird idea that MLK and Malcolm X were rivals "fighting for two different goals". For #NickConrad lawyers: "people should actually read their works before mentioning them." (Yass!)
The lawyers explain that Conrad is being accused of incitation to racial hatred, but there are imaginary racial crimes he is accused of. His song is in fact a portrayal of what REAL racism is like, or a very palpable violence.
"An audience's heightened sensibility when faced with a critique of racism shouldn't limit an artist's freedom to create work that calls out racism. The song is a violent, disturbing piece of art. But history itself is violent, shocking and disturbing."
Lastly, for #nickconrad lawyers, anyone can understand what the song is about. There is no way easily influenceable people are going to follow through. And one can't have the audacity to tell Conrad "he should be lucky the racism described is not happening anymore".
As long as a perfect equality between us is not achieved, Conrad's message can't be condemn.
The court is going to make a decision by March 19. @s_assbague will be live tweeting and I will translate. That's it for me.
One last thing...your girl needs social capital to keep on doing big things. Thanks!
One last thing about #NickConrad trial is that the prosecution was adamant that Black unity is a threat to white people because Black people will try to one up them and get their revenge. it reminded me of what @KGuilaine says about white guilt and…
And also I should have properly tagged @jazzconrad All the best for him.
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