White people have certain…

White people have certain things that they expect from black musicians. It goes all the way back to slavery days. That’s when Uncle Tomming got started because white people demanded it. Every little black child grew up seeing that getting along with white people, meant grinning and acting like a clown. It helped white people to feel easy about what they had done to blacks, and it’s still going on today. When it comes to black musicians, white people want you to do more than play your instrument. They want you to entertain them with grinning and dancing. I’m not an entertainer, and I damn sure ain’t no Uncle Tom. I won’t do it”

-Miles Davis


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