The son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Sean Ono Lennon, has taken to social media to share his thoughts on “political correctness” and how he feels it has negatively impacted society.
Yesterday (May 24th), the son of the Beatles frontman shared his experiences of growing up mixed-race with a Japanese mother.
“When I was young ppl used to say racist shit 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 posited. “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.”
Ono Lennon then proceeded to explain how he believes “morality policing” has “arguably” made race relations worse. “Race relations seem to be in the middle of a ‘two steps back’ moment,” he contended, referring to contemporary issues as well as racist direct messages he has received. “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”.
He continued: “And yes, Whites are not the problem either. No race or culture is ‘the problem.” The multi-instrumentalist cited his personal experiences: “I have lived in many cities and countries and I can say from experience that there is an EQUAL distribution of shitty ppl and good ppl in EVERY human population.”
Lennon was also quick to clarify that he’s not singling “political correctness” out as at fault for “all of the bad things we are seeing in culture today”. However, he did write: “I am simply saying we should check our strategy if we are not getting the results we intended.”
Acknowledging the intellectual minefield the debate presents, he said: “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 argued, “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 concluded his political ruminations with, “Just remember who benefits from the ‘divide and conquer’ paradigm. It ain’t us that’s for sure.”
In September 2020, Temples released ‘Paraphernalia’, which was produced by Ono Lennon. The month later, he argued that his father’s rejection of the MBE in protest of war was “more punk than anything the punks did.”
Watch Sean Ono Lennon speak to Sharon Osbourne, below.