So What Do You Think? David Banner on Black Women and Perms
Say it LOUD! wants to hear thoughts about David Banner’s comments on Black women and perms. So what do you think?
Here’s something to think about. During a panel at South Carolina State University, rapper and educator, David Banner, compared the perming of hair as a form of Black on Black crime. Check out this article below from the Times and Democrat.com, and tell us what you think.
Blacks ‘don’t love themselves,’ rapper David Banner tells crowd
By RODNEY BROWN, T&D Correspondent
Rapper, actor and philanthropist David Banner told students gathered at South Carolina State University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium that black people should not accept media portrayals of African-Americans.
In the midst of Black History Month, Banner, the graduate of two historically black colleges and universities, stunned an audience of more than 300
African-Americans with the accusation: “African-Americans don’t love themselves.”
“Black people have accepted what the media have portrayed them to be,” Banner said. “We have to work to repaint the picture of black folks.”
Banner’s appearance kicked off the second annual Hip-Hop Symposium, sponsored by the Miller F. Whittaker Library in collaboration with the Campus Activity Board’s “Awakening Lecture Series.”
The theme this year is “Black on Black Crime.”
In a question-and-answer session, Banner challenged black women in attendance to explain why they perm and straighten their hair.
In response came the defense that “hair perming” is equated with being able to get a decent job as a professional and not being viewed as a threat by bosses who are usually of a different race.
“This is what I mean when I say black people don’t love themselves,” Banner said. “Perming your hair is a clear example of ‘black-on-black crime’ and media control. Black-on-black crime is not just a black person committing a violent act against another black person.”
Focusing deeper on the media’s impact, Banner said the continuing depiction of blacks as aggressive and as a threat to society lowers the value of black life.
“Blacks have accepted the way they are portrayed in the media as a reality,” Banner said. “This sad reality makes it easier for a black person to commit a crime against other people of color.”
Touching on a recent issue in the news, Banner labeled as unfair the media coverage of domestic violence allegations against singer Chris Brown regarding striking his girlfriend, Pop singer Rihanna.
“Chris Brown is being convicted and character assassinated in the media and we don’t even know what Rihanna did yet,” Banner said.
Banner emphasized the importance of African-American couples staying together to properly raise a child in a world much different from when their parents were growing up.
“It’s up to you to raise your children,” Banner said. “If you don’t, someone else will.”
The mission of the Hip-Hop Symposium is to inform students about the crisis of black-on-black crime and encourage dialogue.
“We hope that this symposium will bring awareness to a very important social issue in our community,” said Sherman Pyatt, coordinator of collection development.
“We hope to encourage our students, faculty, staff and the Orangeburg community to identify problems, search for answers and discuss these issues in a critical manner,” he said.
T&D Correspondent Rodney Brown is a student in the Mass Communications Department at Claflin University.