Lauryn Hill Tears Down 'Reverse Racism' In a Lengthy Pre-Prison Proclamation

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Lauren Hill departs the court on May 6, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Getty Images)more pics »Back in the day — years before The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and long before her years of self-imposed hermitdom — Lauryn Hill was accused of making an inflammatory statement along the lines of, "If I'd known white people would buy my last album I never would have recorded it."

It turned out that Hill had never made any such statement, but it appears that even if she had, she wouldn't have believed it was racist.

"The concept of reverse racism is flawed, if not absolutely ridiculous. Most, if not all of the negative responses from people of color toward white people, are reactions to the hatred, violence, cruelty and brutality that they were shown by white people for centuries. Much of the foundation of the modern world was built on the forced free labor of black peoples," Hill starts in a lengthy Tumblr post. "The African Slave Trade, the institution of slavery, colonialism, its derivative systems, and the multiple holocausts throughout history, where whites used race as the defining reason to justify their oppression, conquest, and brutal treatment of non-white peoples, are how race became such a factor to begin with."

"In order to justify reverse racism one would have to first create an even playing field, undo the generations of torture, terror, and brutality, and then judge whether or not a non-white person is in fact a racist," she later adds.

Hill, who did not pay federal or state taxes for several years, eventually ties her own legal issues into the argument.

"I shuddered during sentencing when I kept hearing the term ‘make the IRS whole’… make the IRS whole, knowing that I got into these very circumstances having to deal with the very energies of inequity and resistance that created and perpetuated these savage inequalities," Hill states. "The entire time, I thought, who has made black people whole?! Who has made recompense for stealing, imposing, lying, murdering, criminalizing the traumatized, taking them against their wills, destroying their homes, dividing their communities, ‘trying’ to steal their destinies, their time, stagnating their development, I could go on and on."

"Clearly, the institution seeks to hide its own criminal history at the expense and wholeness of the abused, who ‘acting out’ from years of abuse and mistreatment, reflect the very aggression that they were exposed to," Hill eventually concludes.

Hill, who likened the music industry to slavery in a court hearing in May, is expected to report to prison to carry out her three-month sentence on July 8.

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