Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Common: Black People Extend ‘Hand in Love’ to Whites to Heal Race Relations (Watch)

common (on daily show)

*As it stands now, race relations are very shaky among folks in this day and age. But Common has a way to for folks to heal.

According to the rapper, it all lies in black people extending a “hand in love” to white people in an effort to “forget about the past.”

“If we’ve been bullied, we’ve been beat down and we don’t want it anymore. We are not extending a fist and we are not saying, ‘You did us wrong.’ It’s more like, ‘Hey, I’m extending my hand in love,’” Common told Jon Stewart last week during an appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” “Let’s forget about the past as much as we can and let’s move from where we are now. How can we help each other? Can you try to help us because we are going to try to help ourselves, too.”

As the interview progressed, Common continued to drive his point home by pointing out how the focus of past racism shares similarities to couples resurrecting negative issues within their relationship.

“Me as a black man, I’m not sitting there like, ‘Hey, white people, y’all did us wrong.’ We know that existed,” said the Oscar winner. “I don’t even have to keep bringing that up. It’s like being in a relationship and continuing to bring up the person’s issues. Now I’m saying, ‘Hey, I love you. Let’s move past this. Come on, baby, let’s get past this.’”

Common’s views may work for him, but apparently they didn’t resonate with everyone. The Huffington Post notes that New York Times columnist and author Charles Blow weighed in on the entertainer’s comments via his personal Twitter account on Tuesday night:

“Man, I love you @common, but I just watched that Daily Show clip and you’re going to have to explain that one to me… #HelpMeUnderstand,” Blow tweeted.

To see Common’s “Daily Show” interview, check out the video below:

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Uh, we ‘extended our hand in love’ almost 60 years ago with the civil rights movement. So basically, it’s our fault that we are being treated the way we are because we are ‘stuck in the past’??? We have given ENOUGH to this country and continue to get shafted. Stick to making music and quit with the fake philosophical musings or whatever he calls himself doing.

  2. Colored people need to extend their hands to each other first and show more love and support among each other before it can go beyond those boundaries

    • Well…..fk ALL of that! I mean…..I ask you, ….why must “We” have to do ANYthing to “prooooooove”!!!, we should be accepted & RESPECTed as equal human beings!?? Yo…the shyt shouldn’t be “condititional”, the shyt IS OUR RIGHT AS AMERICANS! And even IF We are “not our best”?, “that” doesn’t give ANYone the right or justification to oppress, discriminate, systemically legislate, kill & MURDER Us, for no GD reasso, other than being…..Black/non White! And I also ask?….WTH even tryyyyyy to blur the lines!?? We/YOU know damn well!!, the subject “ain’t “Us”, it’s good ole YT & his actions AGAINST….”Us”. So….Who the rk are you, WHAT the fk are you, & WTF are you tryyyyyyin to do, besides…..shine massa’s shoe!? (Operators are standing by!) Chuuuuch! Ps….really am sorry to “go in ‘on you”?, but….it’s just fkn reDIC to attempt the transference of guilt onto the victims of YT’s BS.

  3. You may be able to forgive but NEVER forget OK I don’t know where you come from but Jewish people will never forget the Holocaust it is part of their history! And I will l not forget slavery. Why do Black people always have to forget their history? I am sick of people telling us to get over it. That is exactly why the young people of today do not know their history and it is shameful they should know they should be aware and we as a people should never forget! I think Common needs a history lesson or something is he crazy?

  4. He misspoke. I don’t think he would advocate us FORGETTING when the song he just won an Oscar for was for the movie SELMA. I dig the love vibe, but love is action. Love is MUTUAL respect and caring and service.

  5. I agree with what Common said. I think that it’s okay to look back at the past, but I don’t want to continue looking back to the point where I cannot see the progress that has been made and how I have benefited as a result of the sacrifices of those who came before me. Do I think that racism still exits?? Absolutely…but I do not feel oppressed because I am black. When I encounter someone who does not like me because of the color of my skin, that’s their problem not mine. I don’t let someone’s dislike or disdain towards me prevent me from being successful and living a happy and productive life. I judge people based upon how they treat me. Therefore, having black skin does not make someone my friend. Likewise, being white does not automatically make them my enemy.

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