Producer, musician, and NBC The Voice’s newest judge, Pharrell Williams appeared on the cover of EBONY Magazine and apparently he had plenty to say when it comes to Black women and racism.
Williams had been criticized for not putting any Black woman on his G I R L album cover, but fret not Black women, Pharrell wants you to know that he has love for y’all.
“I love Black women,” says Williams. “If you don’t think I love Black women, then you don’t understand me.” He continues to add, “I have obsessed over Black women since the days of Jayne Kennedy, Beverly Peele and Roshumba Williams. Those are the women I daydreamed about growing up.”
Well now that we’ve got that all cleared up, let’s move on to his thoughts about race. We will recall that Williams made those “new black” statements to Oprah and subsequently took a lot of heat for them. Don’t remember his new black thoughts? He said:
The “new black” doesn’t blame other races for our issues. The “new black” dreams and realizes that it’s not a pigmentation; it’s a mentality. And it’s either going to work for you, or it’s going to work against you. And you’ve got to pick the side you’re gonna be on.
When asked about race for EBONY, Pharrell had this to say:
“I don’t talk about race since it takes a very open mind to hear my view, because my view is the sky view. But I’m very troubled by what happened in Ferguson, Mo.”
“When things like that happen, we need to be a united cell. We need connective tissue to be linked by spirit and spirituality.”
“For every individual who gets killed, someone should build a school or teach a child. We really need to balance things with positivity.
What? What is the sky view? But more importantly, who is we? Black people? All of America? Why are we balancing things out with positivity and not actual policies that would prevent these killings from even happening? And you know what else we could do? Arrest and prosecute the people who are killing innocent Black people.
Maybe this Kumbaya view of the world is what happens once you reach a certain tax bracket. You can become colorless. And race doesn’t matter. And the only color that is recognized is green. Plus, it’s always tough to get celebrities views on important issues and take them seriously unless they are actually well versed in those issues. For the most part, celebrities remain ignorant on the specifics of an issue just like any average American. I wouldn’t hold my breath for Pharrell to start a cause or join a movement, and he seems to be happy with that.
Diana Veiga is a Spelman woman, a DC resident, and a freelance writer. Of course, she’s also on Twitter.