Comment on Is Hip Hop Bad For Black Culture? by Jane.
The only people who fail to see the destructiveness of hip hop music and its subculture, are those who are either too ignorant to see it, or identify far too much with the subculture. Unfortunately, we blacks are always the last to see the wool being pulled over our eyes, and are always the most defensive against truth that’s hard to swallow. The fact of the matter is this: the urban youth identifies with the hip hop subculture and looks to thier favorite hip hop songs and stars to tell them how to talk, how to dress, and how to act. Young people are very impressionable. So this is not a foreign or strange concept. Saying “what about the parents responsibility?” would be a viable counter argument, if the majority of black homes didn’t have some type of instability. A school aged child or teen spends the least amount of his day with his parents. Add to that, that daddy may not be in the home, and you’ve got an almost losing battle. So, the hip hop subculture is powerful. Whether you admit it or not. That being said, who can deny that 90% of hip hop played on the radio or on TV contains negative messages about women, male/ female relationships between black men and black women, encourage getting money by any means necessary (drugs or killing, and whoring for women)? No one is talking about underground rap or old school rap,that may be positive, but gets very little mainstream exposure, so why even mention it? We’re talking about the rap/hip hop that is in heavy rotation on every urban radio station or music channel. Now, hip hop is not the only culprit. Most black media today perpetuate stereotypes of black people (Madea, meet the Browns, etc). These black rappers and black screen writers are sitting in their Hollywood mansions, hanging out with their other affluent friends, while young black men in the hood are allowing art to imitate life. Like Bob Marley said, “Wake up and live.” These rappers and screen writers care NOTHING about the black community. They care about being rich. That’s it. Because when you’re that rich, the other affluent people you rub elbows care nothing about what color you are. But here in the real world, your race can be a marker. And I’m tired of these negative stereotypes and images, because I for one do not fit them. And I know plenty of other black people who don’t as well.