The Rolling Stones 

Just a couple of days ago, The Rolling Stones were discussed on a Black History month special. Seeing how the month of February is Black History month, there are new documentaries that air every night. Every night I always learn something new and I cannot tell you how informative these documentaries are. 

On this particular documentary The Rolling Stones were discussed. Seeing how I listen to different types of music like The Rolling Stones, I perked up when they were mentioned. I only like a few of their songs, but there is one song of theirs that obviously struck a cord with Black women and the Black community. What song am I referring to? Brown Sugar. I never heard of that song until I saw it on the documentary. If you read the lyrics below, you will see why this world famous song is offensive. 

Gold Coast slave ship bound for cotton fields. 

Sold in the market down in New Orleans. 

Scarred old slaver knows he’s doin’ all right. 

Hear him whip the women just around midnight. 

Brown Sugar, how come you taste so good. 

Brown Sugar, just like a young girl should. 

Drums beatin’ cold, English blood runs hot. 

Lady of the house wonderin’ when it’s gonna stop. 

House boy knows that he’s doin’ all right. 

You should have heard him just around midnight. 

Brown Sugar, how come you taste so good. 

Brown Sugar, just like a young girl should. 

Brown Sugar, how come you dance so good. 

Brown Sugar, just like a black girl should. 

I bet your mama was a Cajun Queen, and all her boyfriends were sweet sixteen. 

I’m no school boy but I know what I like. 

You should have heard them just around midnight. 

Brown Sugar, how come you taste so good. 

Brown Sugar, just like a black girl should. 

I said, yeah, yeah, yeah, wooo

How come you, how come you dance so good. 

Yeah, yeah, yeah, wooo

Just like a, just like a black girl should. 

Yeah, yeah, yeah, woo… 

Mick Jagger states that this song was inspired after Marsha Hunt, his muse and the mother of his oldest child. Perhaps this song was, but the lyrics themselves are offensive. Nevertheless, he did apologize for writing such a song after the birth of his oldest daughter with Marsha Hunt. Do I think Mick Jagger is a hateful person? Of course not and many other Black Americans feel the same way as discussed on this documentary. Mick Jagger just got caught up in the moment writing this song and had a lapse in judgement. 

Until next time… 

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