Why is the history of punk music so white?

Via „Dazed“:

True punk rebellion has always existed in black culture, and continues to exist today

The usual images you see of the punk era, which developed throughout the 1970s, portray it as ugly, raw and beautiful. Faces crisscrossed with safety pins. Black eyeliner bleeding into caked-white faces. Leather jackets and bright manes gelled into peaks. But while the multi-coloured hairdye is ubiquitous, another type of colour has often been noticeably absent.

There’s no denying that the UK punk scene was, in part, driven by the anger and isolation felt by the white working class. But punk music is not the sole property of whiteness, even though to people of my generation it may appear that way at first glance. Like many facets of pop culture, its historical image has been whitewashed: when you think of punk’s history, it’s bands like The Clash, the Sex Pistols and the Ramones that immediately spring to mind. But the ‘spirit’ of punk is present, and has always been present, in music made by black people too, from obvious co-conspirators Bad Brains through to bar-spitting rude boys and today’s radical, no-fucks-given rappers like Young Thug and artists like FKA twigs.


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