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Writing for YourBlackBloggers.net, Dumar Paden says that rappers are scapegoats for the issues that plague the black community. Some have criticized hip hop artists for glamorizing violence and encouraging black men to engage in dangerous activity. Paden says that challenging the artists is not the solution and that we should instead challenge ourselves and our communities.
I don’t have to list all the issues hurting our community, especially with regards to our youth. With the countless amounts of books, interviews, cable news specials, and panels surrounding the topic I think by now everyone is pretty much aware, thus creating a very similar narrative around the country.
Ask some (not all) black people about what’s wrong with our youth and you will typically get the following responses:
They need to pull those pants up!
They are lazy!
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