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thanks for sharing, but i think you may be letting your emotions cloud the facts. to call 50 Cent, Snoop, and Jay-Z the "most foul, vile, and crass human beings who ever lived" is a bit of a stretch, dontcha think? i mean, they're not responsible for the v.tech shooting, columbine, abu graib, the holocaust, the killing fields, vampirism in transylvania, etc., right? jeffrey dahmer doesn't rap, does he? what about hitler? saddam hussein? osama bin laden? by the way, i don't recall rappers being implicated in the catholic priest molestation scandals, or the Enron collapse, either.
and why you gotta drag whoopie goldberg into all this? okay, "Burglar" wasn't that funny, but the target of a protest? c'mon, be real. remember, she broke up with ted danson after he appeared in blackface...
at the same time, dave chappelle, like richard pryor before him, has managed to open up an important dialogue with america on the issue of race by cleverly using taboo epithets. there's a huge difference between someone like chappelle and someone like imus, whose only purpose is to push people's buttons by making outlandishly ignorant, bigoted statements. his comedy might offend you, but you can't argue that chappelle is bigoted -- his bit about the black KKK member was brilliant on a number of different levels.
you also make a dubious and confusing assertion that "no other race will demean and HO down their own women (in this vile way) like a filthy, crass black male would."
sorry, helina, but that statement is in of itself racist.
it's also inaccurate. misogyny and pimping is unfortunately not limited to african american males. they just don't get reality tv shows and media empires like hugh hefner. and what about heidi fleiss, while we're on the subject? she's a woman, correct?
while i don't think rappers should get a pass for their attidudes and lyrical content, i don't think we can overlook the impact of the lack of corporate accountability in this matter. none of the rappers you mention own major record labels; they are simply employees of companies who have a vested interest in promoting violence and sexism because that's what sells.
in closing, despite your hopes that "black thugs will read this post," that seems doubtful. since you claim "most of these rappers are uneducated," why would you assume that "black thugs" read alt-weekly websites? au contraire, they're too busy selling crack, shooting up neighborhoods, and pimping out women while corporate america keeps such distasteful and vile filth off of our radio and TV stations, and films.
Yo the point wans't that Obama needed to reach out to hip-hop, as Davey-D opined, but that hip-hop needs to reach out to him. Yadada. Anyway, hip-hop needs to stop pretending like it's still 1988 and everything it does is in a vaccuum. Like any presidential candidate, Obama will be judged on every conceivable level--if his merits and his character rise to the top, then he's passed the test. I personally respect Obama for not pandering to hip-hop without knowing ish like Kuchinich did, and i'm not expecting him to sport an "I am hip-hop" t-shirt at his next campaign function. but if you think about it, Barack's steelo is pretty damn fly: Like the Lox said, "first you get the money, then you get the power..." he's raised $25 mil, sending shockwaves through the Democratic machine, and Davey says he's begun to reach out to youth-identified political organizers (hmm, perhaps Mr. D spoke too soon in his blog), and bring them into his cipher. But let's face it, who else can the hip-hop generation vote for that has a shot at winning? Rudy G aka MC Facist? Hillary C aka Boss-B? Johnny-E aka Southern Comfort? if hip-hop is serious about being a force in politics, it needs to step its game up, ya heard?
hey that's great, melvin. good to know PE can still bring the noise. but ask youself, would chuck d make a good president? what's his platform? his agenda? his domestic policy? his foreign policy? would he be able to build bipartisan coalitions in congress?it's one thing to be an agitprop voice of dissent against the war, and quite another to be the commander-in-chief of the US Armed Forces. i'd love to see chuck as an ambassador or cabinet member in an Obama administration, but is he truly presidential? it's pretty telling that chuck remained silent after davey-d nominated him--an indication that even he doesn't take it seriously. as for flavor flav, he's an engaging personality, but i don't think joke votes or symbolic protests are the answer at this point.
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