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Monday, April 16, 2007

C. DeLores Tucker

"Tucker's base message was simple. 'It is a crime that we are promoting these kind of messages. The whole gangster rap industry is drug-driven, race-driven, and greed-driven,' said Tucker. Or, perhaps even more simple, 'It is not healthy for our children.'

"Tucker's attack focused on gangster rap, a subgenre of rap she belives to be a current form of genocide of black people. She spoke of picketing major record stores, such as a planned protest at Tower Records in Philadelphia the week after her visit to Mary Washington. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, she was arrested during that protest and let go after signing a promise to appear for a hearing at a later date.

"Tucker, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965, said that '[[rap labels are] pimping pornography to the children for the almighty dollar.' She called for a stop to the distribution and selling of gangster rap music and merchandise to the youth, citing her seven-year-old niece (born to a 13-year old mother) saying that she 'wants to be a gangster' as a prime example of what effect the music has on the children."

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"There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs -- partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs....There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who do not want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public."

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