More recently, many of the things listed above that were once the almost exclusive domain of white cultural behavior, because of our continuing breakdown in our community, we have now wholeheartedly embraced. We do many of those same stupid things. This demonstrates that these behaviors were never racial but cultural. Our issues are cultural. Even in our subordinate economic condition, if we culturally adopted communalism, it would improve our condition considerably. But rather than turn towards each other, which segregation forced us to do (whereas Afrikan culture was base on a sharing and caring motif), integration has made us increasing turn away from each other. Additionally integration has created a class of individuals whose wealth is based upon white folks.
During segregation most wealthy Afrikan Americans' wealth was derive from our community. Integration created a cross-over factor that had the potential of substantially increasing the wealth of an artist or entrepreneur. Oprah Winfrey is an example of this--her wealth is not derived from us. Many in the music industry are the same. Even if initially their wealth was derived from us, it isn't anymore. Hence, these folks are not accountable to us. We cannot boycott them and hit them in their pockets. Consequently these wealthy Black folks do not feel like they have to be accountable to us. This feeling of not having to answer to their folks has created a certain irresponsibility on their part. What Russell Simmons did is irresponsible. Just last week in a weak argument he wrote an Open Letter to CNN's Don Lemon. Granted he made a few good points, his equating of the sagging of pants as an expression on par with the wearing of the Afro hairstyle was ridiculous and an argument not well thought out. (Simmons' image has long been tarnished by his suppose "casting couch" antics.)
Russell Simmons has also been in the new for his recent emphasis on spirituality, especially his new-found love of yoga. However, he cannot be growing very much. If he were, why would he make a sexual parody of the most sacred icon in Afrikan American History--Harriet Tubman. Some things are to remain sacrosanct. Now I know it is common for white folks to do something foolish and apologize, and their community forgives them. But Black folks are smarter than that. Your apology will not get you off the hook; we just don't roll like that. Apology denied!
P.S. Was this one of those situations where his white handlers convinced him this skit would be funny? Otherwise, why would he do it? Even Dave Chappelle, who can be out there, knew better than to touch this.