There’s a DJ crew in Kenya called Supremacy Sounds. Their mix tapes are quite popular in matatus (public transport mini buses) and clubs, and I’ve even mentioned them before here on this blog. In addition to their mix tape skills, one of the reasons I like them is because of their understanding of the importance of the Internet in the music industry—they actually give away most (all?) of their music for free on their website. Anyways, for the longest time they went by the name Black Supremacy Sounds, and it always made me wonder how well received it would be if I started a new group called White Supremacy Sounds.
For some reason I can’t imagine it would go over very well—not here, not in the US, not anywhere. Just typing the words weirds me out, and saying them aloud sends shivers down my spine. While white supremacy (and racism in general) is certainly alive and well in the USA, it is definitely taboo. People with those kinds of radical opinions generally don’t speak openly of them. Of course there are extreme cases, but those groups don’t account for any significant numbers in the USA’s population. The “modern” KKK, for example, is estimated at around 4,000 – 8,000 members (keep in mind the population of the USA is ~300 million people). Nevertheless, notions of white supremacy in the West are by no means accepted or popular.
I’m not sure why it’s different here in Kenya… people don’t seem to mind the name “Black Supremacy,” and black/African pride is definitely a theme I see often in pop culture here—written on matatus, for example, or in music (“My African Queen”). It makes me uncomfortable thinking about any of those written in honor of white/American/European pride!
Why is it so different in Africa?
For your reading/laughing pleasure, some wholesome white pride websites (don’t they just seem dirty, even just looking at them?):