Ms. Lauryn Hill
"Sentenced to 3 months in prison for tax evasion"
Recently, Hip Hop star Lauryn Hill was sentenced to 3 months in prison for tax evasion. Apparently, the multi-platinum arts did not file taxes on 1.6 million in earnings. In contrast to these criminal accusations Ms. Hill is iconic for her legendary and melodious voice. The actress and song writer sold more than “19 million records worldwide, and, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” earned her 5 Grammys.
Ultimately, it was her liberal and feminine perspective on life and relationships is what her fans cherished. Lauryn hill went on a hiatus from the music industry to focus solely on her family. Ms. Hill has six children whom are fathered by the legendary Bob Marley’s son, Rohan Marley. Due to the conspiracy of the case, Ms. Hill pleaded guilty to tax evasion in 2012. On July 2013, she was sentenced to 3 months in prison. After she was sentenced, Lauryn Hill took to Tumbler to convey her views on the (IRS), and White supremacy.
She states; "The concept of reverse racism is flawed, if not absolutely ridiculous. Most, if not all negative responses from people of color toward White people are reactions to hatred, violence, cruelty and brutality that they were shown by White people for centuries. Much of the foundation of the modern world was built the forced free labor of Black people. The African slave trade, the institution of slavery, colonialism, it’s derivative system and multiple Holocausts throughout history, where whites use race as the defining reason to justify their oppression, conquest, and brutal treatment of non-White people, and how race became such a factor to begin with. The initial claim by the oppressors, followed moral imperative (so they said) that people outside of Occidental and European birth were in savage and cursed condition and that God justified the captivity of these people, and the rape and pillage of their lands.
Ironically, these oppressors would try to discard the same God, who supposedly justified this brutality in the name of Darwin, whose famous line "Survival of the Fittest" was used to justify criminal behavior once the Bible could no longer be used as a hiding place for economic domination and evil intention.
pirituality and morality were replaced by Capitalism, and with it a conscious shift of focus toward the exploitation of the vulnerable in order to justify reverse racism one would have to first create an even playing field undo the generations of torture, terror and brutality, and then judge whether or not a White is in fact a racist. This approach would require people to examine the need/ addiction to feel superior to someone else for no justifiable reason, and the myriad policies: spiritual political and social, that it bore. True dominion is self-evident and not the result of sabotaging another in order to achieve it. That would be an illegitimate as well as a fleeting position. The universe will seek to right/ balance itself.
Of course there are White people who live transcendent lives, not exploiting ill-gotten privilege or perpetuating the sins of their ancestors who used violence and deceit as a means to gain advantage over others. Humanity in proper order is obligated to acknowledge the truth, whoever it comes from, be they Black, White or other. Righteous indignation is simply a response to long-standing evil.
Much of the world is still reeling from the abuses of imperialist selfishness, misunderstanding, ignorance and greed. Black people remain in many ways a shattered community, disenfranchised, forcefully removed from context and still caged in, denied from making truly independent choices and experiencing existential freedom. Their natural homes, just like their natural selves, raped and pillaged of the resources and gifts God has given to them. Interpreted through someone slanted lens and filter, they remain in many ways misrepresented. Taxation without proper representation, might I remind you was the very platform of that began the revolutionary war" (www.huffingtonpost.com) June 30 2013
I am in agreement with Ms. Hill on the subject pertaining to the (IRS) strategic method of taxation of U.S. citizens. For example, Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican and Chairman of the House Ways and means Committee, said in a news release that " First steps…have been taken to correct management flaws at the agency. " Any government officials or employees indicated in the predatory behavior described in the media should be arrested. In addition, the entire (IRS) department should have its department should its infrastructure dismantled. Then new legislation should be implemented and the "Fair Tax" bill should be passed. (www.washingtontimes.com) By Robert Knights
Lauryn Hill has a valid argument over what the (IRS) purpose is and are they abusing the taxation legislation to their advantage. Here’s a simple, logical and peculiar question how do the citizens in America whom are in the lower and middle class pay more taxes than the elite? On March 2012, Billionaire Warren Buffet stated; "Even though he and other top earners are paying higher taxes this year, he thinks he’s still paying a lower rate than he’s still paying a lower rate than his secretary." "Buffet has been advocating for a minimum tax on top wage earners those like himself who benefit from the fact capital gains are taxed at a lower rate than regular earnings." (www.cnn.com)
By Collis Marrow August, 2013