When I say this, I’m talking only about the ones who use derogatory language to tear people down. Although I believe racism is inherent in this country because people pass their prejudices down from generation to generation like a cursed family heirloom, hip hop artists who promote the disrespectful thug mentality can be blamed for some of the resurgence of open racism taking place here in the U.S. and Europe. They and the record companies who back them went to great lengths to promote their music worldwide from the late 80’s to early 90’s and their marketing strategies paid off since everyone of every color and economic status here and in Europe now see it in videos or hear it on the radio constantly.
As a result, there have been reports of white college kids having parties dressed in blackface and baggy clothes to mock what they see. Using the n-word and other racist and misogynistic language is now considered cool by many young whites who grow up listening to this music. Why? Negative hip hop artists have sold out the people of their own race to make a quick buck. If a young group of white kids pull up in a vehicle blasting their car stereo with Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz screaming the n-word, any blacks within earshot who may be offended by it really don’t have a valid complaint even if the white kids are doing it to upset them. The so-called artists have just provided a tool that any racist can use to indirectly call a black person the n-word.
In the past few months with all the racial stories in the news and the Don Imus incident, it has sickened me to see how some African-American celebrities like Spike Lee, Whoopi Goldberg, and others make excuses for the bad behavior promoted by these so-called artists. “They’re just keepin’ it real” or “they’re just expressing themselves as artists” or “they’re just telling us about life in the black community” are all just feeble, worthless excuses for what is clearly a double standard.
The underlying message they’re giving out is “We really don’t care as long as we get paid!” This is the same mentality that ended up weakening Africa centuries ago when the European slave trade started. Some Africans sold out their own people to make a quick buck from the Europeans thinking only of themselves. They were foolish in thinking that being traitors would give them more power when all it did was make the Europeans not only want to own some of the best and brightest people from the continent, they ended up wanting to take their land as well. So the whole continent suffered and still suffers.
Unless the negativity of these hip hop artists is dealt with, the associates of these people will continue to be killed needlessly, racism and misogyny will be more prevalent, and the minds of black young people (who need to be encouraged as much as possible to accomplish positive things) will be kept down in the gutter.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–