101) Armond White on Hip Hop Journalists Toure and James Bernard -1994-
“Let’s serve notice on two viruses known by the names Toure and James Bernard. These hip hop journalists are not important in themselves, but as servants of white media institutions, they represent a disastrous development in the discussion of Black popular culture. Toure’s vindictive
Rolling Stone magazine review of the new Public Enemy album Muse Sick N Hour Mess Age and James Bernard’s similarly assualtive piece in The Source make it clear that the political betrayal of Black journalists has become a bigger problem, a greater threat, then the typical bugaboo about rappers’ profanity. This is the porch-nigger syndrome: Black writers sacrifice Black artists–and the integrity of African-American thought, language, music, politics–for their own benefit. The insidious thing is, they do their dirt in the guise of nurturing Black culture. It’s a vile deception and a loathsome tendency. Writers like these debilitate the social impact of Black artists work by countermanding its ideas and encouraging its dismissal…”
“It’s a wonder that young Black journalists can commit themselves to such contrary action while pretending to care about hiphop. They actually care about something else — the peculiar status that Black professionals have gained during rap’s rise…”
“The hip hop era announced a period of deceptive acceptance for Black performers–not just rappers, actors, designers, but journalists have also received the blandishment of mainstream attention. So they become performers, too. They put on a…”
To read more of Armond White’s take on hip hop journalists Toure and James Bernard, purchase a new or used copy of The Resistance: Ten Years of Pop Culture That Shook The World.