chukwumaa, a musician and artist who appeared in August's System Focus - headlined 'The Voices Disrupting White Supremacy Through Sound' - contacted me about framing the music as 'disrupting white supremacy.' I thought his response was important and justified, and it's posted here, [sic] and with permission:
ive been ruminating on it and its implications for a minute and come to
think about the scope of the multifarious, nuanced and inventive sounds
of the artists involved. I think framing it as "disrupting white
supremacy" is painfully de-centering and still framing these artists in
relation to whiteness in a way that is simply not explicitly expressed
by any of the folks mentioned. i doubt any of the artists create this
music with a sole motivation of disrupting white supremacy.
i *do* however believe the artists involved were able to develop (and
continue to develop) frames of reference *outside* of whiteness. for
someone whose default frame of consumption may be chiefly steeped in
whiteness, this may come off as a "disruption", but thats more to do
white the perceiver than the perceived. it may have been more apt to
frame these musics/processes/ideas as a *departure* from
musics/processes/ideas that center whiteness.
chukwumaa's work and other links can be found on Soundcloud, here.