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Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and the rest. Why has black culture become whitewashed?

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No, I didn’t watch the VMA’s, and judging from my Twitter Timeline I am glad I didn’t.

I gave up on the MTV Video (which we never play anymore) Music awards after they publicly humiliated Michael Jackson in the early ‘00’s, but that’s a different story.

Sadly I could not escape this years edition and especially Miley Cyrus’ performance. After I saw the outrage, shock and horror on my timeline, on news sources and blogs my curiosity got the better of me and I played the video.

All I can say is “sweet nibbles”, and regret that I can never unsee this ever again.

Much has been made of the “minstrel” elements in the show, with Miley apparently using black women as nothing more then props. True, that. You have to wonder why black people still sign up to be degraded. But realising how poor some of our black folk still are and adding the fact that it is so difficult for black dancers and models to find work they often have to take on anything might be a big part of understanding it. More

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