Not From Round Here

Boon, H. 2020. Not From Round Here. London

TitleNot From Round Here
CreatorsBoon, H.
Description

My song ‘Not From Round here’ is an autoethnographic documentary account of incidents that have taken place in my life, as recently as 2020. I argue that my skin acts as agent and used to facilitate the racial framing of my life where interactions with my skin are separate from me and forms part of the fascinated subtext of white people and their preoccupation with where I am from. When one considers agency and participation, my skin colour, even if functioning passively, will be an active agent in constructed arguments, used to appease ‘white’ concern.

My skin colour was the meeting of a white ‘daddy sperm’ mixing with a black ‘mummy egg’. Yet this biologically determined event has skewed and distorted my life, with my skin perceived by whites as a ‘useful’ precursor to discussions about belonging. It’s difficult for me to intuit where white people hail from based on skin colour as a single determining factor. I can’t tell whether a white person is from Leeds or Bristol; Sydney or New York. There are no distinguishing characteristics but in my case this operates differently. My skin is visible every day and is party to discussion with or without my permission; whether I am present or not. But this will still not tell you where I am from.

I recognise that I challenge racial constructs and the dividing lines between the binary, white and black, discourse (DiAngelo, 2019) favoured by whites. Whilst you want me to choose, I can’t. Either I deny the mother or deny the father. Either way I am expected to make a choice that is false, collapses all of the nuances and leaves me impoverished at the expense of assuaging white guilt and concern.

The included lyrics below illustrate a number of the areas identified by Ogbu (2004) which include a variety of discriminations both social and expressive, and intellectual denigration. Lipsitz (2018) also identifies a form of 'aesthetic pleasure' for White people in the transforming of suffering and pain of others for their entertainment. My argument is that the 'aesthetic pleasure' can also be extracted in the moment by creating tense, aggressive situations even within the casual application of the question 'where are you from?' and variants.

Bibliography

DiAngelo, R.J. (2019). White fragility: why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism. London: Penguin Books.

Lipsitz, G. (2018). The possessive investment in whiteness: how white people profit from identity politics Twentieth anniversary edition. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Ogbu, J. (2004). Collective Identity and the Burden of "Acting White” in Black History, Community, and Education. The Urban Review, 36 (1), . New York: Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

Lyrics:

Title: Not From Round Here
Music and Lyrics: Hussein Boon

‘Ere mate, where you from?
Nah, you don’t get me!
Where you from?
Down the road,
Lewisham.
Nah, you’re not from round ‘ere are ya!
It’s like, you don’t really belong.

Oi!
You know what my mum calls you?
Half past eleven

‘cos you’re not from round ‘ere, are ya
‘cos you’re not from round ‘ere, are ya
‘cos you’re not from round ‘ere, are ya
Are ya.

‘Cos you’re not from round ‘ere are ya.
What kind of food do you eat?
Do you eat with your hands or knives and fork?
Uhh!?
What’s that?
That’s the colour of your skin?
I thought it was dirt!
You should get some bleach.
Get some bleach.
If you put some bleach on it then you’ll be all white in the morning won’t ya!
Eh?
Do ya know what I mean!

‘cos you’re not from round here, are ya
Do ya know what I mean?
You’re not from round here.

What else have you got in ya?
Er, a bit of Viking
‘Cos I’m not from round ‘ere, am I!

Do not buy into their ideology
Even if they think you’re a criminal
Do not buy into their cultural displacement theories
Propagated by highly intellectualised individuals

‘cos you’re not from round ‘ere, are ya
‘cos you’re not from round ‘ere, are ya
‘cos you’re not from round ‘ere, are ya

Because you think it,
It must be true
Because you think it,
It doesn’t hurt me
Because you think it,
It must be true
Because you think it

‘Cos you’re not from round ‘ere, are ya
‘Cos you’re not from round ‘ere, are ya

‘Cos you’re not from round ‘ere, are ya

You know I’ve heard that word, before
It’s the sort of word that creeps around my door
I’ve heard you before
You only say it quietly
When no one else is listening

Date02 Aug 2020
KeywordsRace
Binary
Whiteness
Mixed Race
Everyday Racism
Workplace
Reification
Otherness
Agency
Autoethnography
White privilege
Files
Rights
Hussein Boon
Media type
Audio
License
All rights reserved
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Place of publicationLondon
Web address (URL)https://soundcloud.com/hussein-boon/round-here

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