But the myth of ‘American progres’s cannot go forward without black folks occupying the space of the morally and politically retrograde. The cultural theorist and Duke University professor Sharon Patricia Holland argues[that]…black folks merely take up space, but they are not ever able to move forward in time in the American cultural imaginary.
Thus it is the movement of black cultural aesthetics onto the bodies of white folks – Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and Robin Thicke — that reads as American racial progress.
When black folks cry about appropriation or point out the ways in which we are being written out of the history of shit we entirely made possible, we are accused of being “stuck in the past,” unable to move forward in time."Macklemore’s useless apology: Grammys and the myth of meritocracy", Brittney Cooper (via alphaass)