College Kicks Out Afrobeat Band for Being “Too White”

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Apparently bands now have to be the same race as the music they’re playing. That’s going to be a problem. So no more white rappers or black classical musicians are allowed.

Finally we’re achieving Martin Luther King’s dream of a society firmly divided into segregated racial castes with everything in the cultural fridge labeled either “black” or “white”.

Well someone’s dream anyway. Maybe Louis Farrakhan’s.

Shokazoba’s cancellation from the Hampshire Halloween event Friday night at Hampshire College, after one band member said they were criticized of being “too white” to play Afrobeat music, is reverberating on social media.

Moses said the firestorm started when someone posted an inflammatory comment online about Hampshire College hiring an all-white band to play Afrobeat music for the event. He said the band is not all white, and race should not be an issue anyway.

“It’s not important to us. Music and art has the opportunity to transcend all that,” Moses.

America may be ready for a black man in the White House, but apparently it’s not ready for a white Afrofunk band.

The Hype Committee wrote on its Facebook page on Oct. 24: “Due to concerned students voicing their opinions about the band Shokazoba, we held community dialogue to hear what individuals had to say. As a result of the dialogue, and discomfort expressed by members of the community in person as well as by email, Facebook, and other means, we have removed Shokazoba from the lineup for Hampshire Halloween.”

Elaine Thomas, Hampshire College spokeswoman, said in a statement that the student organizers of Hampshire Halloween contracted with a number of bands, and that some students “questioned the selection of one band, asking whether it was a predominantly white Afrobeat band, and expressing their concerns about cultural appropriation and the need to respect marginalized cultures.”

“The students tried to be clear that they meant no disrespect to the members of the band in question, but wished to raise larger questions and deeper thought within our own community.”

I love liberal fascism. It’s so warm and fuzzy. Full of words like “concern” and “dialogue” and “respect” and “discomfort”.

Oh and thoughtful.

When you’re banning a band for the color of their skin, you absolutely want to be thoughtful.

Said Moses, “It was just absolutely a disgusting experience.”

“It felt like we were demonized. I didn’t feel they should cancel us,” he added.

Moses said the band had to sign a performance contract with the Hype Committee that stated it would not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, physical ability, or sexual orientation.

Apparently the college can discriminate, as long as it’s affirmative action.

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  • Veracious_one

    Blacks insure that racism continues……

    • Daniel Greenfield

      I doubt there are that many blacks at Hampshire. This is probably 90 percent white libs

      • Dee

        As usual the liberals thinking for the blacks and making decisions for them. LOL

      • truebearing

        That explains the footbal uniforms with the yellow stripe running down the back.

      • lyndaaquarius

        of course! These white libs always show disrespect for black people.Blacks call a lot of these fools WBIC[white boys in charge].Mocking them for always trying to take over and run everything. Yeah,90% white libs,silly,silly white libs.

      • Rocky Mountain

        I note on their website that they don’t have a link to “diversity’ and many, if not most, college websites do advertise their commitment to this. However, they feature “Africana Studies” as part of their academic core which must be an attempt to Africanize New Hampshire.

    • CowboyUp

      It’s leftists and bigots/racists, not a particular race of leftists or racists, that insures bigotry/racism continues. People like al sharpton made a fortune and live really well off it, so they have a vested interest in seeing it continue.

  • Guest

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  • Elizabeth capecod

    If a black group was ever told they were too black to sing country there’d be heck to pay!

    • maddaddyssa

      Like Charley Pride or Cowboy Troy.

    • maddaddyssa

      James Brown was a huge fan of country music. He called it the White man’s blues.

      • tagalog

        Ray Charles’s album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music is a classic.

        I suppose some will say that blacks can play white peoples’ music, it’s just that white people can’t play black peoples’ music.

        • jakespoon

          Yes, Ray Charles .

    • Kaleiokalani J. Barela

      Darius Rucker, Rissi Palmer, me (‘cepting for the skill, contract, etc)

      • jakespoon

        Charlie Pride,one of the best EVER.

    • ziggy zoggy

      Hey………ret@rds……….nobody ever told Charlie Rich and crew that they weren’t allowed to sing country.

      Whenever a Whitey raps, he gets fisted by the Monostream media.

      Fuck you very much.

      • Rocky Mountain

        I think she means ‘now’ as in before complete PC insanity took over. Pride was born in 1938 and was big before all this nonsense and well before people routinely used four letter words and extreme sexual references to spice up their ‘arguments’.

        • ziggy zoggy

          Blow my @$$.

      • Elizabeth Cape Cod

        Ziggy,
        Relax. The point was that people DON’T tell blacks they are too black to sing country, and they shouldn’t. It would be insane, just as it IS insane to tell people they’re too white for rap.

  • glpage

    Gotta love it when leftists do one of the things they do best, practicing McCarthyism. /sarc

  • donqpublic

    Damn, I don’t know what they’re going to do for kicks when there’s no more low brow or high brow informed bigotry? I guess they’ll have no one to hate to tolerate but themselves: as the saying goes, familiarity breeds contempt.

  • http://www.federaleagent86.blogspot.com/ Federale

    Liberals, especially minority liberals, are racists.

  • Veracious_one

    maybe the band was just too good….

    • truebearing

      Maybe the committee was made up entirely of chickens. I’ve heard of Rhode Island Reds. Maybe these were Pembroke Poltroons, or Windham Woosies.

  • Gray

    I say we DNA sample everyone for everything. If you want to buy Ebony magazine at the Circle K then you need to be DNA tested. If you want to buy a turkey sandwich on white bread then likewise. Race is more important than anything. A persons character or behavior has nothing to do with anything.
    Mr. Obama is a good example. He’s a total jerk but that doesn’t have anything to do with anything. It’s the skin pigment that matters because we all behave the same because of our race. Sheesh, people couldn’t be dumber if they tried.

    • tagalog

      Mayonnaise and white bread are strictly for white people.

    • LolKatzen

      You have described what tribalism is. Only your tribe matters.

    • cheechakos

      Thank you!
      I’ve been trying to say something similar and keep bungling it.

  • Texas Patriot

    It’s obvious that we’re beginning to crack apart, which of course was inevitable with the incessant divisive attacks from all sides. The unity of Americans as Americans for America has steadily disappeared. Perhaps this is occurring in other Western nations as well. Do the French still consider themselves French? Do the English still consider themselves English? Do the Israelis still consider themselves Israelis? One thing you can be sure of is that the disintegration of societies in the West is not universal throughout the world. Russia, China, and India are definitely the exceptions to the rule. Russians still consider themselves Russian. Chinese still consider themselves Chinese. And Indians still consider themselves Indian. And because of the persistence and resilience of their respective national identities, these three nations are likely to be the dominant international forces of the 21st Century.

    • truebearing

      Yesterday you were against “fearmongering.” Today you have us cracking. Sounds autobiographical, or is it just a different day with different rules?

      Maybe we’re losing our unity because the Left has been dividing and isolating groups that are prone to self pity, revenge, and paranoia. I’ve even seen where certain conservatives have created litmus tests for who is and isn’t an authentic American, the divisive little devils.

      • Texas Patriot

        The problems are real, and there is every reason to be concerned. The difference between you and me is that I have a solution to the problem, and you don’t. You just have fear and hate, and history has shown that doesn’t work. In order for us to emerge from the La Brea Tar Pits scenario we have gotten ourselves in today, we’re going to need to move beyond the usual Maginot-Siegfried Line politics of Washington D.C. with one set of Americans in RED jerseys and one set in BLUE Jerseys, entrenched in battle lines that really don’t make any sense, shouting at each other with empty slogans of days gone by, and pitted at each other’s throats as if we are each other’s enemy. Oh no, not that by a long shot. The only way out of the death trap we’re in today is for all Americans to wear RED, WHITE, AND BLUE jerseys, and to pull together as One Nation, Under God, With Liberty and Justice for All, in accordance with the 5-Point Plan I have outlined elsewhere. Don’t worry. If you think it means that you’ll have to break out of your comfort zone and look at American politics in a new way for the first time in your life, you’re right. But unless you are a totally hopeless case destined to remain stuck in the La Brea Tar Pits forever, you will learn to enjoy it.

        • ziggy zoggy

          You wannabe libertarians are all closet leftists. You claim to be about small government but you want everybody to cooperate in socialist fashion. Without rule of law there is anarchy.

          Any doctrine taken to it’s limit leads to failure.

          • Texas Patriot

            ZZ: “Any doctrine taken to it’s limit leads to failure.”

            Once again, you’re mistaken, ZZ. A house divided cannot stand, and we’ve never been more divided as a nation than we are today. The truth is that America doesn’t have one core doctrine, we have two, and they’ve been in place since the year 1776, when Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin drafted the Declaration of Independence and Adam Smith published the Wealth of Nations. That’s right, WEALTH OF NATIONS; not individuals, not corporations, but nations. The truth is that free market economics is the greatest driver of wealth creation in the history of the world. But as Adam Smith knew better than anyone else, it must be counter- balanced with HUMAN RIGHTS. Free-market economics in which nations compete with each other to improve the lives of their respective citizens cannot be improved upon. It’s a one-two punch that works, and it’s uniquely American.

            Today, we live in a new and much more competitive and dangerous world. The former Third World nations including India and China are catching up with us. They’ve see how we do things, and they’ve taken our ideas and run with them. Unless we get back to being the ONE NATION UNDER GOD WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL that defeated Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and Imperial Japan in LESS THAN FOUR YEARS, the game is over.

            Unlike truebearing, I think there is hope for you ZZ. So I hereby dub you my canary in the coal mine. When you start to get on board with what I’m talking about, I’ll know I’m making some progress.

        • truebearing

          You’re confused, yet again. You don’t have a plan, you have a list of objectives. Apparently you don’t know the difference.

          Don’t get your pantyhose in a bundle. I was just yanking your chain a bit.

          • Texas Patriot

            All the American people need is a clear vision for the future and the willingness to work together to make it happen.

            Is that an apology?

          • ziggy zoggy

            Workers of the world unite!

          • Texas Patriot

            Keep trying Ziggy. You’ll eventually get it.

          • CowboyUp

            Apparently, he does already.

          • Texas Patriot

            Don’t bet on it, Cowboy.

      • lyndaaquarius

        Where did you see these litmus tests and what kind of questions were asked?

        • truebearing

          Texas Patriot has a category he invented called “The Authentic All-American Conservative.” He excludes virtually anyone who doesn’t agree with all of his rigid, and frequently contradictory, beliefs, then labels them all neo-cons. Meanwhile, he is calling for unity.

      • Texas Patriot

        Both sides are to blame for the division of America we are now experiencing. The bottom line is that it takes two legs for a man to stand, and two arms for a man to work. There is a place for the left leg and a place for the right one. As Winston Churchill said, “A young man who is not a liberal has no heart. An old man who is not a conservative has no brain.” To realize the best aspirations of our Founding Fathers, we need men with both hearts and brains.

        America was built on Adam Smith’s idea of Free Market Economics and Thomas Jefferson’s idea of Universal Human Rights. Both ideas work together form the American Dream. No one knew better than Adam Smith that Free Market Economics could not operate in a humane manner without the moral principle of “Love Thy Neighbor”. Even Ronald Reagan and Milton Friedan advocated the existence of a “safety net” for the random vagaries of market competition.

        I invite all American globalists to abandon their failed globalist agenda and return home to make America “a shining city on a hill” and “the last best hope of earth”. If they prefer to invest their money abroad, let them do so. However, if they soon find themselves with a knife at their throat without anyone to defend them, they should not be surprised. The U.S. Armed Forces are coming home to defend America first.

        • CowboyUp

          It only takes one arm to cut your own throat, and that’s exactly what the left arm is trying to do. Do you let it, in the interest of unity and harmony?

          We have a safety net, it’s called private charity fueled by prosperity. If there’s no prosperity, there’s no money for private charity or government subsidies (there’s no such thing as government charity because its’ revenue is taken by force). Government subsidies to individuals aren’t a safety net that people bounce off of on their way back up, anyway. over four decades of experience, and third generation welfare moms show they’re a web where most stick.

          The US Armed Forces are coming home to defend the American people? From who? They certainly won’t be used to secure our Southern border from the people crashing it, DC won’t allow it. They’d allow it to be used to subjugate the American people before that.

          Even if we didn’t have the disastrous retardation in the development of China and Japan when they tried isolationism for examples, our attempt at isolationism failed before our country was a decade old. We must protect Americans and American trade abroad. That’s the job of the US Military, and has been since our Navy was founded to protect US merchantmen in the Med. Neither Reagan nor Lincoln believed American traders were on their own, or that we shouldn’t protect our foreign interests, and they were right.

          • Texas Patriot

            We’re bankrupt, Cowboy. And what you’re talking about is the failed business model that got us there. At this point in time we’re $17 trillion in debt, and the federal government borrows $.43 of every dollar it spends. The days of bailing out American businessmen who choose to invest their money overseas instead of creating new jobs and new industries in America are over. If they think it’s more profitable to go abroad to invest their money, let them bear the cost of their own defense as a business expense. It’s not the responsibility of the American taxpayer to finance the overseas adventures of businessmen who do not wish to invest in the future of America.

          • CowboyUp

            Government doesn’t operate on a business model. We’ve been spending more on social programs that aren’t found in Article 1, Section 8, of the US Constitution, than defense since the 70s, and defense spending never went over 7% GDP. Who are you trying to kid? We aren’t going broke defending our international interests, we’re going broke because we’ve become a welfare state that’s hostile to domestic drilling, mining, manufacturing, and investment. Isolationism isn’t going to fix that.
            You don’t seem to know much about investment, profitability, industry, or creating productive jobs, either.

          • Texas Patriot

            Wake up, Cowboy. The United States has been falling behind in the race for international competitiveness for at least the last forty years, and that trend is accelerating. Watch the following video and tell me what you think:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWM08DzTuhY

          • CowboyUp

            LMAO, No kidding? I’m familiar with Atkinson, he’s got a lot of data and no clue why, or what to do about it. He’s an academic and a bureaucrat. I just looked again, and if he’s ever started, run, or even worked for a business manufactured anything in his life, I can’t find it. What has he ever had to innovate or manufacture, other than bravo sierra?
            13:28 was all the mush I could take (that’s down from somewhere between 28 and 29 minutes the last time I watched his show). Does he ever mention the signal sent to investors when they hosed the secured creditors by executive fiat in the GM bailout? Does he ever get around to explaining how government regulatory and tax policy drive investment and manufacturing from our shores? I’ve seen no indication that he knows anything about it, or any of the obstacles to manufacturing in this country, much less, knows it firsthand. I do.

          • Texas Patriot

            You quit way too soon. The problem that most economists fail to grasp, and perhaps you as well, is that the neoclassical supply and demand model (i.e. The Washington Consensus) does not account for the loss of high-value added industries to formerly third-world economies. The technology drain and the resulting loss of competitiveness will eventually be fatal unless we reverse it.

    • lyndaaquarius

      very good point!

      • Texas Patriot

        Thanks. As you can see, I’m having a hard time convincing this crowd that a nation working together as a team is a stronger competitor than a nation of cats and dogs tearing each other to shreds. ;-)

        • Drakken

          In case you didn’t notice sparky but we are no longer a melting pot, but a boiling pot ready to boil over, so much for diversity and multiculturalism huh?

          • Texas Patriot

            Either we find a way to fight as a unit for things we all believe in, or it’s all over.

  • maddaddyssa

    Gotta love snot-nosed student activists. They have all the answers. The problem is they don’t understand the questions.

  • maddaddyssa

    Then perhaps the Beatles, Rolling stones and just about every other White rock n roll group influenced by Black music should be banned. “Play that funky music White boy…”

  • A Hampshire Student

    For the record, here’s what actually happened: Exactly thirty of Hampshire’s approximately 1400 students voiced discomfort with the idea of an all-white afrofunk band. The online conversation that that started drew a lot of legitimately terrifying racism, effectively all of it from people with no connection to Hampshire who just jumped in because they felt like joining an argument on the internet. Because that conversation was so horrible, the committee organizing the event decided to try to dull the controversy by asking the band not to appear. They were still paid in full. Then, one member of the band who was understandably angry said some angry things to reporters, which became this article and several others like it.

    • truebearing

      So the organizing committee showed what abject cowards they are and caved over the protests of racists. Would they have canceled a black classical group if Nazis made obscene or abusive phone calls? Wouldn’t the best solution be to let the band play and show the whining racists that they had no influence?

      Way to stand up, Hampshire!

    • Veracious_one

      how many of the 30 offended students were black?

      • lyndaaquarius

        now,that’s the important question,isn’t it? My guess is that the majority are white and not “persons of color”.It’s all so sad and foolish.The Left always shows disrespect to black people.

    • Drakken

      WTF are they teaching you spineless wonders these days? How not to offend anyone at any price? God help us!

  • amongoose

    So does this right to be offended extend to whites who might be offended by other races performing, or participating in what are traditionally “white” cultural activities?
    Or is racial rage reserved for a select few?

    • CowboyUp

      Of course not, and of course it is. To think otherwise would be racist, unless you’re not Caucasian. Then no rules and other standards apply.
      “Always with the negative waves Moriarty, always with the negative waves.”

  • maddaddyssa

    Muddy Waters called Johnny Winters, one of the best blues guitarists “my son”. If Winters were any Whiter he’d be transparent!

    • JamesJ

      Hes an albino

  • LRob

    I would guess that it is inappropriate, based on the reasoning of these ignorant racists at Hampshire College, for Obama to play at being president, which, up until he began to sit behind, and put his foot on, the Resolute Desk, had always been the province of white men.

    Just sayin’.

  • compute@pmt.org

    When is it going to stop when it is alright to have a all black organization but not an all white one?

  • cacslewisfan

    Of course! This reminds me of an old joke: An old black woman was sitting on a bus next to a white woman. The white woman noticed a cockroach crawling on the the black woman’s shoulder. She reached over, brushed it off, and said, “There was a cockroach on your shoulder.” The black woman looked down at the roach and said, “White people won’t let Black people have nothin’ of their own.”
    Yes, that’s where we are.

  • SteveCD

    Racist university. Liberal guilt for the racist past of the Democrat party.

  • tagalog

    With the advent of “Black music,” how much of a leap will it be before some American starts talking about “Jewish science?”

  • maddaddyssa

    Funny how leftist PC “not-sees” like to toy with segregation. Are these students themselves closet racists? I’ve witnessed this mindset back in my college days. White student “activists”, mostly from privileged backgrounds acting as if they “feel the pain” of oppression the “minorities” suffer. Pretending to be “down for the struggle” I wish I had these hypocrites under surveillance during a typical Saturday night of partying. When the brewskis flowed and the doobies were passed around, that’s when they let thei, pardon the pun, TRUE COLORS show. In vino veritas, indeed!

  • canuck

    Go for the gold…the band needs to bill the organizers for their full fee and their costs…if they don’t pay, sue their butts off along with the online whiners.

  • Thor Odinsen

    And last week a college out in the mid west Banned White Females from being in their presentation of the “Vagina Monologues” because White Vagina’s are over represented! Thanks to Obama we are becoming MORE Racist in this society.

  • Apu Bugolligosh

    Hampshire College’s RACISTS are just despicable….despicable. Where’s the rest of the student body and the faculty and the alumni while this blatant racism takes place? Your silence implies consent.

  • fullercour

    They were canceled after band members posted racially insensitive comments i.e “We’re all shades of brown,” “Racism isn’t real its the belief in racism.” “We’re all from Africa anyway.” These were posted by Moses.
    It was not just “30″ students. There was then a community dialogue where there was a vote, not just by HYPE but by community members to cancel the band.
    If people don’t understand why these comments of liberal colorblindness are problematic, then it isn’t anyone’s job to educate them.
    As someone who watched this unfold from up close, I really don’t think they would’ve been canceled if these comments hadn’t been posted, since this was the main discussion of the community dialogue, not the band members races.

    • CowboyUp

      That’s what y’all call racially insensitive comments? Congrats, now your school looks even more ridiculous. You wouldn’t have a link to that ‘dialogue,’ would you?

    • FMarion

      fullercour:

      In other words, you think it is perfectly fine to censor a band because you don’t agree with the political/sociological views of one of the band members?

      What are they teaching you at Hampshire? How to take offense? Censorship of opposing views 101?

      My advice to you and your fellow “community” members is simple. Grow up and get over yourselves. Stop playing at being drama kings and queens; stop insisting that everybody agree with your political views and learn to live and let live. When you get out of college, you are going to find that it is a very big world and that these silly politically correct games are not only going to get you nowhere, but are going to stamp you as an immature ninny incapable of dealing with the real world.

      Life is hard enough without this nonsense.

    • Drakken

      So in other words, your little hyper sensitive feelings got butt hurt and you had to go cry to moma and get some self esteem therapy and hopefully someone will notice that you had a tantrum and give you a trophy for just showing up?

  • ziggy zoggy

    And citizens acting in cooperation to defeat some nebulous evil force will triumph?

    Try to live in the real world.

    • Texas Patriot

      I wouldn’t call the worldwide tsunami of Islamic jihad nebulous, would you? Here’s a hint, Ziggy. The oldest trick in the Middle Eastern playbook is to lure Western armies into the desert and bleed them to death. So what did we accomplish with our adventure in Iraq? Is Iraq stable today? Is Israel any more secure today? I don’t think so. But the United States is $5 trillion deeper in debt; and we have 5,000 dead and 25,000 to 100,000 soldiers who are permanently injured and will require medical treatment for the rest of their lives. Wake up, Ziggy. The Neo-Conservative model of being a “global policeman” doesn’t work; and the Neo-classical economics model has destroyed Great Britain and it’s well on the way to destroying America. It’s time to get back to basics.

      • ziggy zoggy

        So if America buries its head in the sand and prays that the wimpy
        Islamopithecines go away, we will all have happy wake-ups?

        Libertarianism is a joke.

        • Texas Patriot

          Who said anything about burying our head in the sand? We need a worldwide satellite surveillance system as well as an advanced worldwide communications monitoring system far more sophisticated than the ones we have today. But what we need to do is take our foot out of the trap of placing massive land armies in place on foreign soil, so they can be chewed to pieces from all sides. With that strategy, we’ve already paid way too high a price in blood and treasure, and that is precisely the plan of our enemies. It’s a war to the death, Ziggy, and it’s no joke. We need to start playing to win, or we will surely lose.

          • Drakken

            War you idiot if not fought will an iron willed determination is what defeats us. We can eliminate them by the millions if we so chose to, and we don’t because of some sense of idiotic guilt. killem all and let allah sortem out. That is how you win.

      • Drakken

        You still seem to think that we won’t have to eliminate the whole bloody lot of them. Our problem is, we are to afraid of hurting people and hurting the feelings of leftist do gooders instead of giving them what they so richly deserve, total war. It is funny in a way that concept is coming around full circle because we now have no other choice.