Sean Lennon is speaking his mind.
“When I was young ppl used to say racist s— about Asians around me all the time and then be like ‘Oh sorry! But you’re not reeeally Asian so…’ and I think they sincerely thought that would make me feel better,” he recalled. “I’m not exactly sure why I brought that up but I think it’s because I want to say that I grew up in a time when there was zero political correctness.”
The musician continued: “I literally saw political correctness being invented right in front of me (at certain schools) and then distributed and eventually enforced as a mindset and ideology.”
He said that he understands the idea that being politically correct – and having others do the same – would lead to a more “integrated” and “mutually understanding” society, but pushed back against the idea.
“But it is often the case that seemingly obvious solutions fail and even make matters worse,” he said. “I often think about the terrible track record we have in science of artificially modifying an ecosystem in order to ‘re-balance’ a problem we created but ultimately wind up making things worse by creating bigger unforeseen problems.”
Lennon said that despite the “morality policing” that has been taking place for some time now, he would argue that “things are arguably getting worse.”
The singer said that race relations “seem to be in the middle of a ‘two steps back’ moment,” claiming that he is constantly receiving messages with demeaning racial slurs against Asians.
“I am very sad that I feel like I have to say the following but here goes: Asians are not the problem. Blacks are not the problem. Jews are not the problem. And yes, Whites are not the problem either. No race or culture is ‘the problem,'” he insisted. “I have lived in many cities and countries and I can say from experience that there is an EQUAL distribution of s—– ppl and good ppl in EVERY human population. Most are good, some aren’t great, and a very small number are clinical sociopaths you absolutely need to avoid.”
Next in the lengthy thread, the star reflected on his New York upbringing and said the city, though it had its flaws, “truly felt like a melting pot” and that people “did not self segregate along tribal lines to the degree” that he sees them do today.
“There is something wrong with the strategy and direction we have chosen, in academia, in politics, and elsewhere,” continued the “Parachute” singer. “It’s not working. And to be clear I am not blaming all of the bad things we are seeing in culture today on political correctness. Yes we inherited a problematic history (yada yada) and I think PC culture has achieved some good and some progress for society.”
Instead, Lennon urged society to “check our strategy” because the results of political correctness are not those that were intended.
“I don’t know what the solution is, but I suspect that over sensitizing ppl to arbitrary characteristics like skin colour may be doing more harm than good,” he continued.
“I know very well that the idea of being ‘colour blind’ is out of fashion, that MLK’s vision of character over skin colour is considered to be naive. But that vision surely made our society better. I’m not sure the modern vision of ‘race consciousness’ is making things better.”
Lennon then remembered being told that humans like to focus on the “least interesting, interesting thing” about others, which in his opinion, is someone’s “birth status” as you begin to know them more deeply.
He began to wrap up his statement by warning that he’ll delete the thread should it “ignite some kind of meltdown.”
“And one more thing…just remember who benefits from the ‘divide and conquer’ paradigm,” he urged. “It ain’t us that’s for sure.”