Nationalist Patrick Howley receives backlash for his recent statements about the 2022 CMT Music Awards in a recorded rant. “Country music is different. It’s not Wakanda.” Howley snarked as he ranted about the event. Howley is a reporter and former editor-in-chief of Big League Politics, Big League Politics an American media website that publicizes conspiracy theories. Former Breitbart News employees established the website. Calling the event a “train wreck,” Patrick verbally attacked Anthony and other black showgoers.
“I don’t know who this Black guy who’s hosting it. It’s supposed to be country music.” The reporter said. The show was hosted by actor Anthony Mackie and country musician Kane Brown while Kelsea Ballerini hosted from home after testing positive for COVID-19.
“No offense. I mean, y’all have hip-hop and basketball…just fly with your flock, bro.” the nationalist said as he expressed his feelings. After a few minutes of racial remarks, he says, “No disrespect to the funky brothers, “I love Earth, Wind & Fire, Run DMC, etc., but country music’s different. It’s not Wakanda.” as an attempt to not seem racist by naming a black artist. Howley mocked Mackie’s speech in the video while using a Blaccent, “The melanated people invented country music! We were making country music in Wakanda before Johnny Cash, and Merle Haggard stole the Black man’s country music!” He teased.
Country music has origins in jazz and blues of the south. However, country music’s earliest instruments were the fiddle and the banjo. Early settlers brought the fiddle to America, while enslaved Africans brought the banjo. Originating in Africa, the banjo was constructed in the 17th century. Thomas Jefferson was the first to cite the banjo in a footnote to his Notes on the State of Virginia, published in 1785. It read, “The instrument proper to them is the Banjar(another name for the banjo), which they brought hither from Africa-…”
According to sources, all the way up until the early 1840s, enslaved Africans were the only ones who played banjos.
The blues came from African American folk musical forms, which emerged in the south of the U.S. It became internationally recognized by the 20th century.
The 56th annual CMT Music Awards were held on April 11 in Nashville, Tennessee, to honor the latest and most renowned in country music.