Gangsta Rap is Black People’s and America’s Dirty Laundry.


Yesterday I was going at it over at Gotty’s site.

And. Someone called me a hypocrite. Nothing new.

As a card carrying, Clipse loving feminist, I have been called worse things.

The argument stemmed from the fact that someone cited Jason Witlock and his argument that Jesse and Al are too scared to go after companies that promote and benefit from Gangsta rap.
So I say go ahead and ban/regulate gangsta rap.

But.

Once you ban gangsta rap.
What are you going to put back?

And let me ask you this, is the real issue the music or the lives of of the people that the music represents?

Because banning/regulating g-rap sounds like a cosmetic change to me.
My man Roland Martin at CNN hit the nail on the head when he said,

America, we have a problem with sexism. Don’t try to make this whole matter about the ridiculous rants made by rappers. I deplore what’s in a lot of their music and videos, but hip-hop is only 30 years old. So you mean to tell me that sexism in America only started in 1977?

Now is the time for this nation to undergo a direct examination of the depths of sexism. My media colleagues shouldn’t go just for the easy target ? rap lyrics. That is no doubt a logical next step, but sexism is so much deeper. It is embedded in our churches, synagogues, mosques, schools, Fortune 500 companies and in the political arena. We should target our resources to this issue and raise the consciousness of people, and expose the reality.

Don Imus should not be the period. He can be the comma. Civil rights organizations, media entities, women’s groups and others have an opportunity that they can’t pass up. We have the chance to seize the moment to begin a conversation ?– an in-depth one ?– that has the opportunity to redefine America along the lines of race and sex.


Thinking about writing this, I pondered, what led to gangsta rap in the first place?

Well.

1.Mix Black Flight + White Flight + The Burning Bronx + Quasi functional public urban education = You get the conditions that percepitated gangsta rap.

Everyone is aware of the education/quality of of life connection. In fact, Imus’s audience was highly coveted because they were affluent and highly educated.

And I ask again, once you ban gangsta rap, what are you going to put back.

For these folks who want to ban/regulate gangsta rap, I would like to know whether they live in the hood?

Do they want to live in the hood?

Would they send their kids to schools in the hood. Prolly not.

And Why? Because the schools are horrible.

Now lets assume that we don’t have gangsta rap, how would the world even know what was going down in the hood?

Bear in mind that I am aware that this statement presumes that one is even interested in what is going on in the hood. LOL.

So lets imagine a world w/o gangsta rap.

  1. Will dudes still hustle crack?
  2. Will little Black girls still, disporportionality, want to grow up
    and be video vixens?
  3. Will dudes still be hustling loosie’s on 125th and Lenox?
  4. Will the Rockefeller drug laws still apply?
  5. Will more black fathers pay child support?
  6. Will OPD still conduct unconstitutional stop and searches?
  7. Will Katrina get fixed?
  8. Will cats cease getting murked on the reg in Oakland, New Orleans and Philly?
  9. Will there be more than 3 GOOD high schools in New York City?
  10. Will No Child Left Behind STILL be leaving mad brown/black kids in the dust?

Go head ban it.

Probably will just mean better mix tapes anyway.

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Know I made some ENEMIES w/ this post.

I put zora on mines so I KNOWS Im good.

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IMUS: DEADED Nappy Headed Ho’s: 5. OR I LOVE GWEN IFILL.


Imus called Gwen Ifill, who at the time was covering the White House for the Times, the White House cleaning lady.

Below is a very lightening rod hot editorial she wrote in The Times earlier this week.

LET?S say a word about the girls. The young women with the musical names. Kia and Epiphanny and Matee and Essence. Katie and Dee Dee and Rashidat and Myia and Brittany and Heather.

In the end, they were stopped only by Tennessee?s Lady Vols, who clinched their seventh national championship by ending Rutgers? Cinderella run last week, 59-46. That?s the kind of story we love, right? A bunch of teenagers from Newark, Cincinnati, Brooklyn and, yes, Ogden, Utah, defying expectations. It?s what explodes so many March Madness office pools.

It is about the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. That game had to be the biggest moment of their lives, and the outcome the biggest disappointment. They are not old enough, or established enough, to have built up the sort of carapace many women I know ? black women in particular ? develop to guard themselves against casual insult.

Man listen. There needs to be emotional callus building workships offered at the learnin annex.

How many times yall been at work, and you wonderd, “Did this fool just say something racist or am I trippin?”

Or I know this white girl did not just come out her face and say ” All Black people are _____?” And then decide, you know what, choose your battles, and today this ain’t one worth fighting.

Why do my journalistic colleagues appear on Mr. Imus?s program? That?s for them to defend, and others to argue about. I certainly don?t know any black journalists who will. To his credit, Mr. Imus told the Rev. Al Sharpton yesterday he realizes that, this time, he went way too far.

Finally calling fools out. Thank you. Thank you.

Thank you Gwen.

Yes, he did. Every time a young black girl shyly approaches me for an autograph or writes or calls or stops me on the street to ask how she can become a journalist, I feel an enormous responsibility. It?s more than simply being a role model. I know I have to be a voice for them as well.

So here?s what this voice has to say for people who cannot grasp the notion of picking on people their own size: This country will only flourish once we consistently learn to applaud and encourage the young people who have to work harder just to achieve balance on the unequal playing field.

Dude this part almost made cry. And yall know there are two things that make me cry. M & A deals and baby pandas. Lol.

The following statement that Gwen makes also touches me b/c as someone who is allways asking people for help, guidance, advice it is so reassuring when someone is receptive and available. It was so wonderful to hear that she HAS my back.

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IMUS UPDATE
NBC Dropped him.
GlaxoSmithKline pulled ads.

Ditech.com
TD Ameritrade said it was evaluating its sponsorship.

Here is a Dope article on how hypocritical it is that business are for advertising on Imus’s show in the first place.

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On that note.

My Imus coverage is dead for the week.

LD, MR, Neo, Jason, Stephen, what do you think of Gwens statement.

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Imus: 0. Nappy Headed Hoes: 3.


As the backlash against Don Imus grows, General Motors and American Express said today that they, too, will pull their advertisements from his program. American Express was the fourth largest advertiser on the simulcast of ?Imus in the Morning? on MSNBC, spending $1.2 million during the show in 2006, according to estimates from Monitor-Plus, a unit of the Nielsen Company. And the credit card company was also among the top spenders on the radio program aired by CBS Radio.

The company will no longer advertise on Mr. Imus?s show because of his controversial remarks last week, said Judy Tenzer, a spokeswoman for American Express. American Express will continue to advertise on other MSNBC shows, she said.

General Motors was one of the radio program?s top advertisers last year, but the company stopped advertising on it earlier this year in a decision unrelated to Mr. Imus?s racial insults about the Rutgers women?s basketball team, said Ryndee Carney, a spokeswoman for General Motors. On Tuesday, Ms. Carney said the company would continue to advertise on the MSNBC show.

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A friend sent me an e-mail about my posts. Out of deference to their privacy, I post it anonymously.

We haven't really spoke about the whole Imus thing at
all cause I think we both know it's a powder keg.


Here's the deal, a lot of you black folks are

emotional, irrational, reactionary and sorta annoying.
We act like f-cking savages promoting killing each
other, treating women like shit, degrading men and
acting like animals in general in every channel we can
(movies, TV, radio, Internet).


Then you we want to cross over (so we can sell more
shit) to a broader audience (mostly whites) and ask
them to buy our self destructive depictions of
ourselves (you can buy ghetto hip-hop in Target stores
in the middle of whitest America). We cram the

negative bullshit down their throats and when they
throw it back up we get upset. We are demanding that
Imus get fired but don't chastise our own people to
act accordingly and responsibly. COME ON!!!

I am not saying he is right... in fact f-ck him and all
his people.
But the best way to solve a problem
is consider and then work on all the elements/parties
involved. As a father I can't let my kids listen to
"our music" cause of the nonsense it pumps into their
heads, but that's cool and we support that... but this
one cracker wilds out... and we want blood. I have a
problem with that. If sh-t is wrong, then it's wrong
across the board, not just for one person. What is it
we want here? Change or momentary emotional satisfaction?

You can't act like a n*gger, call each other n*gger,
promote n*gger culture and then get upset when the
world treats you like one. Case and point, a south
Indian man who had no clue what a n*gger was called me
one when I was over there cause he was listening to
Snoop. If we want the world to see and treat us with
respect and value our place in this shit then we have
to stop acting like spoiled irresponsible children
and
present a position of intelligence and maturity.

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While my friend makes some salient points, the comments fails to take into consideration that Black people have been called publicly and privately variations of Nappy Headed Hoes since we landed in this country.

Moreover, we have been called these things PRIOR TO THE EXISTENCE OF HIP HOP.

OJ Murder. Blame Hip Hop.

Kids can’t read. Blame Hip Hop.

Sean Bell got Killed Blame Hip Hop.

HELLLL NAAAAW.

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In all honesty Imus’s statements and the fact that he thinks that apologizing
will make it better basically says,

” I don’t think you are a nappy headed ho”.

“I was just kidding”.

“Besides what are you going to do about it?”

“People are still going to come on my show”.

“Who cares that I called I called a team of Black Athletes Nappy Headed Ho’s”.

“It was a joke”.

I spoke to one of my classmates today after Trademark.
And he said:

“The fact that Imus thinks that he can apologize and get away with it confirms what a lot of black pepole think on the low.

Which is that that inspite of “pc” talk, and diversity jargon, there are white people in very powerful positions that think that Black people have limited analytical faculties. That Black people are closer to animal species than the human species. Then statements like this slip out and the p.c veil hasis removed. We see them for who they really are, bigots. Word is bond.”

When he told me this. I was like daaaamn Malcom.
LOL.

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Jesus. Who knew that so much fodder could come of this.

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Imus : 0. Nappy Headed Ho’s: 2. Advertisers are Pulling Ad’s. NICE!


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Companies including Procter & Gamble Co. and Staples Inc. are pulling advertisements from Don Imus’ show due to the shock jock’s on-air racial slur about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.

Ummm. Corporate Responsibility is De.Li.Cious.

“Based on recent comments that were made on the show, it prompted us to kind of take a look at our decision to advertise and as a result we decided to stop advertising on that program,” said Staples spokesman Paul Capelli said.

Cincinnati, Ohio-based P&G also withdrew its sponsorship.

“Effective Friday, April 6, we pulled all P&G’s brand advertising from the MSNBC daytime rotation,” said P&G spokeswoman Jeannie Tharrington. P&G would not advertise again “until we can evaluate the Imus situation fully,” she said.

Attention Jeff Zucker. Attention Les Moonves.

The Masters are over.

Tiger Lost.

Where are you @ homies?

Imus is having an affect on shareholder value and its only going to get worse.

What it do fanleee?

Imus: 0. Nappy Headed Ho’s: 1.


Update. Your boy has been suspended.

The Rutgers team is going to “meet” with him.

Here are some interesting quotes that I have collected around the internet.
The players said today that,

We just hope to come to some type of understanding of what the remarks really entailed,” said team captain Essence Carson. “We [would] just like to express our great hurt ? the sadness that [this] has brought to us.”

Carson, Coach C. Vivian Stringer and other players described how Imus’ remarks and the controversy that followed overwhelmed their achievement.

“We were stripped of this moment by the degrading comments made by Mr. Imus last Wednesday,” said sophomore Heather Zurich. “We were insulted and, yes, we were angry.”

The coach ,

Stringer, the coach, said her team was hurt by the remarks, but that the issue reaches beyond those 10 women. She also called on the nation — and national media companies — to reject hateful speech such as Imus’.

“This is not about the Rutgers women’s basketball team, it’s about women — are women ho’s? Would you want your daughter to be called that?” she asked. “It’s not about them as black people … it’s about us as a people. … I don’t know how anybody could have heard this and not been personally offended.”

Some New York Times readers respond,

Frankly, I think he should be fired. It won?t happen but it should. Imus? comments were horrid, hateful, and abusive as well as racist. In most private companies, remarks made like that during the course of business would result with firing and probably a number of sensitivity sessions. What makes me sad is that Imus, CBS, and MSNBC executives believe that a few ?mea culpas? are enough to smooth this thing over. I am a black women with 2 children. This is not funny. It is damaging.

? Posted by Selena L. Blackwell

If you think Imus is an insensitive, childish, clod then don?t listen to him for two weeks.

? Posted by aaron edmondson

Mr. Imus has apologized again and again. Let?s forgive and move on.

? Posted by L. Gatewood

Allowing Imus to remain in his job sends a message that racism is acceptable and excusable. Regular people lose their jobs, every day, for less offensive conduct.

? Posted by Paco

Punished? What is this Romper Room? He should be FIRED. I cannot walk into my office and refer to the black women employed there as ?nappy headed hos,? without losing my job for being grossly offensive and cruel. Why should Imus get to keep his?

? Posted by Dan

Imus is probably one of the most racially tolerant shock jocks of them all. Although his comments were not politically correct, he?s a funny guy and his program is interesting and oddly enough, informative as well. Firing Don Imus will not advance anyone?s civil rights one iota, it will merely push racism further underground and create a backlash that may hurt those that were supposed to be helped in the first place. Let?s all take a chill pill here and then decide how we want to handle a situation that can escalate into something unintended.

? Posted by Sam Cruz

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My questions are as follows.

Is he going to have to call a jewish women a cheap hot slut in order to get fired?

Or an asian woman a chinky submissive maid?

Really. What does this dude have to do to get fired?

FIRE HIS @SS.

No one else, in ANY WORK PLACE, regardless if talk was apart of their job, would be allowed to make these comments, and keep them. You would be rushed to human resources w/ the quickness, and fired.

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Fire.

Him.

Now.

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