In the words of Colonel Nathan R. Jessup from A Few Good Men, “You can’t handle the truth.” And that’s exactly what a lot of white people are proving once again online with their asinine reactions to Amandla Stenberg’s viral video on cultural appropriation.

Just take a look at a few of the comments found online:


You do realize many blacks today are more racist/bigoted than many whites, right?… “White supremacy” isn’t even a real thing right now. If it were, we wouldn’t have a black president. If it were, Rihanna wouldn’t be one of the most popular artists of all time. Go listen to Kendrick Lamar’s “The Blacker The Berry.”


That loser can stay in Tumblr, if you don’t anyone adapting anything at all from your culture then your culture should move to the middle of desert. Seriously, everyone takes something from everyone, whites from blacks, blacks from whites. Asians, Indians, whatever. No culture lives on its own. Taylor Swift and Katy Perry have not appropriated anything, they just have used in their music and imagery the cultures they have been exposed to which include black culture as it is very prominent in the US. Why would she go for the biggest fish in the pond though? Her struggling career needs attention!

What an incredible pile of crap. This is what happens when you keep crying, “VICTIM! VICTIM! VICTIM” over and over: TRUE victims aren’t given the proper attention and services because “VICTIM!” begins to simply go in one ear and out the other of everyone being screamed at. (Example: the guy who was on the ground with his hands clearly displayed but was still put in a chokehold by police and subsequently died. THAT’S inexcusable police brutality––yet that incident has gotten lumped in with all of this other nonsense [see #2 below]. I’d love to meet this girl’s parents and hear what they have to say about this video.)

You guys, go easy on Amandla. She’s just misguided and uninformed. Unfortunately, these things sometimes go with being young.


It’s absolutely hilarious how some people can’t see the truth if it walked up to them and hit them in the face. At the mere age of 16, Stenberg could do everyone a favor by sharing some of her common sense.

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  • K.C.

    Amandla’s mom is black and her father is white. She played a young Zoe Saldana in Columbiana. Interesting to note that she seems to have more insight on racial problems in America than Zoe does. I just don’t see Amandla playing Nina Simone in blackface. Zoe did. Sorry, just had to bring up that tidbit. Advanced age does not always equal wisdom.

    • Anthony

      Zoe Saldana’s take on race is probably a reflection of her Dominican heritage in which nearly all Dominicans deny their blackness.

    • uhoh-ohno

      Zoe Saldana has never, not identified, as a black woman.

    • K.C.

      I agree. Have you seen Professor Gates documentary on Dominican Republic? There is an entire history that explains why that country is systematically denying its black heritage, history and lineage. It is one of the countries in Latin American with the highest black population yet they are so fundamentally anti-black that it is scary. I am trying not to generalize but I have met many Dominicans who say they cannot bring home a black person. Funny, they look black themselves! Zoe tip toes around black issues. I guess she was trying to appeal to as many different racial groups as possible. Racially, she and Kerry Washington are similar. Zoe is culturally Latina but she is racially a black woman. I never liked the way she approaches the issue. Rosie Perez is better at discussing race in her country than Zoe is.

    • Samara

      Zoe identifies as “Afro-Dominican” I believe she put it. In some ways, though, it’s true she isn’t part of “blackness” as it relates to (American) culture, except in perception. She sees herself as Latina, which she is. It makes sense but I think, in general, black issues, latino issues, are human issues and POC should stand together, not apart.

  • Chazz A

    Classic case of Caucasian deflection, nothing new!

  • HeatherHBbaaaaabbbbbbbe

    I’m not surprised that this obviously intelligent, sweet, beautiful young lady is as aware of the issues as she is, especially considering the fact that she had to endure such ignorance, cruelty, and hate from racist idiots that had a problem with her being casted in “The Hunger Games” as Rue. If that occurrence wasn’t enough of an indication that things regarding race especially in America are far from ideal, the ignorance, cruelty, and hate spewed in response to her video is. I couldn’t agree more with EVERYTHING that she mentioned in the video. She should be proud of herself.

  • Hello. No doubt Mr. and Mrs. Stenberg are proud, intelligent loving people who carefully conspired to raise a mature, well spoken, talented, adorable young lady who loves and appreciates them for all their hard work guiding her toward becoming a peaceful, thoughtful person.

    Listening to Amandla speaking about black culture got me thinking. Going back to my thoughts of the first black culture person I met in the early 60s after my dad returned from Korea, made me with mom, and opened a auto repair business with a black culture man who grew up a few miles away from him, but he did not meet until they were deployed by our military to repair heavy trucks and tanks in Korea.

    Like my dad, Jesse married and had a couple of kids, Like my dad Jesse worked mostly six days a week and spent time with his family when he was not working.

    As I matured my experiences with black culture people was listening to the music they made, There is not point naming black culture musicians, composers and performers who made beautiful music because back then they all produced great sounds…including the best voice ever, Mr. Nat King Cole.

    Fast forward to the eighties when I used my basic HS education to gain employment with the NYPD which subsequently assigned me to Brooklyn Rap Hip Hop influenced community.

    There I worked with black culture people, many who lived in the same community I provided police services to. The black culture people I worked with were no different from Jesse, my dad’s friend and business partner. They were trying to raise peaceful kids and prosper, just like many American families.

    However, the moms I worked with who provided police administrative support services and maintained the building I worked out of, had added stresses my mom and dad did not face to any significant degree.

    My black culture co-workers who lived in the Rap influenced community were stressed dealing with their neighbor’s children who were not being properly nurtured and supervised by their moms and/or dad’s.

    In his 2015 Grammy award winning Rap Performance titled “I”, Kendrick Lamar writes, “I’ve been dealing with depression ever since an adolescent.”

    For nearly a dozen years I tried to protect my black culture co-workers from countless depressed adolescents like Kendrick.

    During the same time I witnessed the number one reason why children develop into teens, young adults and adults, who share their frustrations and anger resulting from depression, with their peaceful black culture neighbors and my peaceful black culture co-workers. Though the child abuse I witnessed on a grand scale is for another discussion.

    This discussion is about ‘cultures’ which according to Merriam-Websters is defined as: the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time OR: a particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc.

    Amandla speaks about black and rap hip hop cultures. What I am curious to know is why she believes Rap Hip Hop is a culture? Is Rock and Roll a American culture..or is it entertainment?

    I remember being sixteen, still wet behind the ears, still unaware of many human ignorance’s and human hypocrisy. It was not until I began living life, witnessing hypocrisy and ignorance that I began to have a better understanding of people and how many will ignore truths in order to satisfy or expand their own agendas.

    Amandla seems pretty sharp, I am sure as she matures and experiences our world she too will learn of human ignorance and hypocrisy.

    For now, I would like to know exactly what is ‘black culture’ and how it differs from American culture?

    The peaceful black culture people I worked with and hang out with seem to enjoy much of the same entertainment I enjoy, they also embraced many if not all the peaceful values I embrace.

    What I am real curious to learn is how the black culture Amandla speaks about differs from mainstrean American culture that many black people I know embrace, enjoy and prosper within.

    I am also curious to know if Amandla has ever read the lyrics to Shawn ‘JayZ’ Carter’s ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’ rap performance?

    If she has, does Amandla believe the harmful anti-social activities Shawn (and many other rap composers) writes/raps about committing against his peaceful neighbors is fantasy, or if she believes Shawn actually engaged in the conduct he raps about, conduct that I personally witnessed cause fear, as well as emotional and physical pain to his peaceful neighbors?


    • Jo ‘Mama’ Besser


    • Hi. After hearing Amandla Stenberg mention Azealia Banks I decided to look at Ms. Banks background to learn what type of role model she is for young people.

      Sadly, I learned Ms. Banks is a victim of horrific child abuse that many in her Rap Hip Hop and Harlem community are victims of.

      I’m not certain why young people admire damaged females/human beings who characterize other females as Vitches, or write lyrics demeaning other people in American communities?

      From what I see Azealia Banks is a emotionally damaged adult sharing her anger and frustrations that she wishes she could have been heard when she was a child being subjected to abuse.

      Ms. Banks is person who irresponsibly disregarded completing her public school education, just like many other rappers who write about child abuse yet blame others for their caregivers failing them.

      I too am frustrated when I read about my American neighbors focusing on personal appearance issues like hair when there are children being abused by their moms, dads or who ever is legally and social responsible for raising peaceful children.