A whole lotta white foks at The Roots Family Picnic



WHY?: Black artists need black support. Right? But whose responsibility is it to ensure this? The artist or the community? Probably both. But what's interesting here is that in every camera shot, black folks seem to be missing in action from this event organized by a group of semi-popular black artists. At what point is this a cause for concern? In order to figure that out we'll need constant discussion between the artist and the community around the relationship between the artist and the community.

For all the back and forth about The Roots selling out by riding with NBC/Universal (and I can see both sides of the argument), sometimes there is evidence that speaks so loud it needs no reply. Look through this full coverage of The Roots Family Picnic and you'll be hard pressed to see black faces in the crowd. But you'll be damned sure to see a whole lot of urban hippie white faces. Speaks volumes if you ask me.

Of course I am not necessarily against urban hippie whites supporting black music, but I am strongly for (and prioritize) movements to encourage symbiotic relationships between black communities and black artists.

Now, the essential question that must be asked is, whose fault is it when the black artist looses touch with the black community? The black artist's, or the black community's? I think we can safely say that unless the black artist accepts the responsibility of engaging the black community on this topic, the disconnected black artist will forever blame the black community for a lack of support, and the black community will forever blame the disconnected black artist for (a perceived or real, doesn't matter) abandoning of them.