This is the kind of white guilt that you hear all too often from the African-American community that I refuse to take even remotely seriously. Slavery has been abolished in the United States for 148 years. It’s well past time to move on. Lauren Hill (or any black person in the U.S. for that matter) has never been a slave or picked an ounce of cotton on a plantation in her life. Nor have her parents or grandparents or great-grandparents, going back who knows how far. And she has made a lot of money in the system she is now claiming is somehow victimizing her because she’s black and has to pay taxes. Ridiculous.
Singer Lauryn Hill Blames Slavery for Her Failure to Pay $1 Million in Taxes
“Every now and then, some celebrity gets caught breaking the law and counts on his or her fame in getting off the hook, no matter how lame an excuse that’s given. That was the case with Grammy Award-winning hip hop singer Lauryn Hill, who in federal court on Monday compared her experience in the music business to the slavery her ancestors endured.
Nevertheless, U.S. Magistrate Madeline Cox Arleo sentenced the liberal performer — who pleaded guilty to the tax evasion charge last year — to three months in prison for not paying $1 million in taxes over the past decade, as well as a $60,000 fine.
“I am a child of former slaves who had a system imposed on them,” the 37-year-old performer from South Orange, N.J., stated while occasionally pounding her fist on the podium. “I had an economic system imposed on me.”
That “system” didn’t seem to treat her poorly when the singer earned more than $1.8 million from 2005 to 2007, in addition to unpaid state and federal taxes in 2008 and 2009, which brought the total of earnings to approximately $2.3 million.
At the time of her arrest on June 29, 2012, Hill wrote a criticism regarding the pop culture’s “climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism.”