Black Moors

from Jay Electronica – Swagger Jackson's Revenge Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

“Moor” is a centuries-old European term for Moroccans, North Africans and people of color generally. Shakespeare’s Othello was a Moor, and the play explores aspects of race in 16th Century Europe. Most broadly, “Moor” can be thought of as a term which designated “otherness” to 16th century Europeans. It shares a kinship with the American term “Negro” and its derivatives. A Moor, to Europeans, was not one of “us,” in much the same way some contemporary White Americans regard Hispanic immigrants and inner-city communities of color as outside accepted cultural bounds

Othello is referenced in another Jay Electronica song “Just Begun,” this time by guest Talib Kweli: “The ghetto full of betrayal like Iago and Othello”

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