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.
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?
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.
- Will dudes still hustle crack?
- Will little Black girls still, disporportionality, want to grow up
and be video vixens?
- Will dudes still be hustling loosie’s on 125th and Lenox?
- Will the Rockefeller drug laws still apply?
- Will more black fathers pay child support?
- Will OPD still conduct unconstitutional stop and searches?
- Will Katrina get fixed?
- Will cats cease getting murked on the reg in Oakland, New Orleans and Philly?
- Will there be more than 3 GOOD high schools in New York City?
- 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.
Know I made some ENEMIES w/ this post.
I put zora on mines so I KNOWS Im good.