Is 'Bitch Better Have My Money' a Song About Reparations?

April 5, 2015 9:48 PM

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Is 'Bitch Better Have My Money' a Song About Reparations?

This week, Bad Gal Ri Ri returned with the second single from her upcoming album, Bitch Better Have My Money. Vulture called the song "a slice of ratchet heaven," and Billboard exalted Rihanna as a "trap queen" who has taken claim to her throne with this single. While I agree with both of these assertions, I also think this song is a powerful and politically charged anthem calling for reparations owed by white America for the wrongs and the legacy of slavery.

I haven't been able to listen to the track without considering the powerful implications it has for this particular moment in popular culture. We are living in a time where it is impossible to dismiss the legacies of colonialism, slavery and violence, which shape lives and worlds in the present. As ...

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