The White Problem In And Of Black Music’s American Pop Dominance

When feeling good does not necessarily mean being empowered

Marcus K. Dowling
8 min readJan 2, 2018


In America, white people are 27.8% greater than black people. Given that this data denotes that the value of black people in America is sliding precipitously, the way that white people currently engage with black music demands to be questioned.

On average as well, white people in America trump black people in having much more protected access to health care, higher education, and basic civil rights. As well, 38% of white Americans believe that enough work has been done to assist black Americans towards gaining equal footing with whites, and 43% of these black people are skeptical that this equality will ever be reached.

Thus, the fact that 2017’s most American pop culture-impacting musical story was that it was the year when, moreso than any other, Afro and Latino musical stylings reigned supreme is noteworthy. This happened at a time in America, when Afro-Latino humanity worldwide was, in relation to the worth of the pop music its people made and inspired, incredibly devalued.

Simultaneous to that occurrence, a rather astounding plethora of nations worldwide are dealing with crises of leadership, once-thought dogmatic sociopolitical culture or the brink of destruction, and tenuous evolution. These are the types of issues — be it the United Kingdom in the throes of Brexit, America in the age of Trump, Northern Asia carefully tiptoeing around Kim-Jong Un, Brazil facing massive economic issues, the Caribbean largely being wiped off the map due to global warming, countries like China, India, and Nigeria on the brink of being the world’s next hubs of technology and commerce, Russia’s Vladimir Putin with his finger hovering over the digital “red button,” and men everywhere generally being the shit worst — that are as potentially frightening as any other cataclysmic set of issues the world has ever faced.