This week Daniel Caesar got himself in quite a bit of trouble. The Grammy award-winning singer went on a drunken tirade on Instagram Live in defense of the Rolling Loud Festival Host JustJulz. JustJulz is a White lady who works in the Hip-Hop scene but makes it her personal mission to berate Black Women. Anyway, in Daniel Caesar’s drunken rant he asked his black fans why they were being “so mean” to white people.
It was also filled with memorable quotes such as “White people have been mean to us in the past. What are you gonna do about that? Tell me what you’re gonna do about that. There’s no answer other than creating understanding and keeping it moving. That’s some biblical shit. You have to bridge the gap.” You can watch the rest of his Uncle Ruckus type babble in the link below.
As you can image, Daniel Caesar has been dragged by Black Twitter for the past week. Personally, I don’t want to get into how many different ways his IG rant was incorrect or how Daniel Caesar is another black male celebrity who was ready and willing to throw Black Women under the bus, in order to come to the defense of a problematic white woman. I’m sure that platforms such as the Grapevine will do an excellent job of addressing that. What gave me cause for concern was how Daniel Caesar’s friends were sitting silently and watching their friend take shots at his own career by alienating his core fanbase.
Like many people, I love my friends dearly. I thank God for the fact that I have a circle who not only want the best for me but will actively call me out on my nonsense. I constantly want to see my best friends win in life. Which is why I could never sit back and watch them shame themselves, especially in public. If Daniel Caesar had been one of my homies, I would have tried to take the phone out his hand when he said he turned on his IG live and then announced that he was drunk. The minute he asked “why are black people so mean to white people,” I would have karate chopped that phone out of his hand.
Now we can all learn a lesson from Daniel Caesar rant. There is this phrase (which I believe comes from a Nollywood film) which says “you are an enemy of progress.” It means that someone who hinders progress or positive situations. Enemies of progress are exactly what Daniel Caesar’s friends were. They say that birds of a feather flock together so this could mean that they were in complete agreement with every word he was saying. It could have been gospel truth to them. However, this was not the time for them to stay silent. If they valued their friend, they should have silenced him quickly. Unless they were ‘yes men’ and did not feel like they could correct without being excommunicated from his entourage.
Either way, these are not the kind people you should have in your life. The Bible says in Proverbs 18:24 that “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” This rant was a situation of ruin. If you cannot rely on your friend to knock some sense into you, especially when you are publicly shaming yourself, your family and your race then what kind of circle do you keep?
I don’t know any of the people in that video were Daniel’s best friends, but he needs an Issa & Molly or Marcus Burnett and Detective Mike Lowrey type of friendship. I would encourage everyone, (including myself) to take stock of this situation and evaluate the company you keep. We have no time for Yes Men or Enemies of Progress.