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A lot of people have their own solutions to the problems that plague the black community. One of the more serious issues is the impact of negative commercialized hip hop music, you know, that stuff that big, white corporations pay to mass produce to teach our boys to fill up their prisons and cemeteries. Having a message that consistently promotes self-destructive behavior among black males cannot be disconnected from the fact that so many black men and families are struggling.
While there are certainly barriers to racial progress all across America, one can’t pretend that it’s actually a good thing that these self-destructive messages are being glamorized and repeatedly banged into the heads of impressionable young children – as the “Booty Pop” video made by the 6-year old boy shows, a boy should not learn how to be a pimp and a gangster before he learns his ABCs.
One of the things I’ve consistently heard is that artists and record labels are not to blame, it’s the parents. Some argue that “if black people would simply learn to raise their f*cken kids,” all of these problems would go away. This “blame the black people” argument is like allowing crack dealers to offer discount coupons outside a public school everyday and expect that good parenting would keep all the kids from getting hooked on drugs. Sorry, but there’s a reason you can’t sell crack near a school (or anywhere, for that matter), and the same should be true for music with toxic messages.
I discuss this issue in the video below. The point is not to say that good parenting isn’t important. But there are millions of great parents who remain entirely frustrated by what they see their children becoming. They are also sickened and saddened by the violence that their black boys must consistently confront from men who’ve been in a Mass Murderer Training Program for the last 20 years. It’s a war out there, and although these conditions existed long before gangsta rap, it wasn’t until gangsta rap that we began to celebrate our own d***h.
The video is below: