There are some black cultural artists who have been taking advantage of their popular mainstream status to gloss over the existence of institutionalized racism and structural violence meted out against racialized peoples. Of equal concern is the way these narratives help to shape North America's false notion of a post-racist society and are gradually being relied on to replace and distort genuine conversation around race and class privilege.
Seven Iranian students have received a suspended sentence of up to 12 months and 91 lashes each. Their crime: they recorded a video signing Pharrell Williams' song, Happy. A huge disconnect is obvious in Iran and Saudi Arabia where, in the name of Islam, varying degrees of orthodoxy is being enforced on the masses.