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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Young, gifted and wack

"Why were blacks willing to raise a ruckus and boycott a company that sold the game Ghettopoly (created by a Asian-American) because it 'promoted negative images,' but not protest when record companies and rappers promote the same negative images the board game touts? (Because we want the right to disrespect ourselves. Others do not have that right. -- Ed.)

"Now, it's happening again. Our culture is being stolen again, only this time it's by young black men who are promoting racist stereotypes of our people simply to make money.

"Black men put black women in videos and call them 'bitches and hos,' and promote drugs, sex, drinking and high-priced luxury items. If they were 'keeping it real,' they wouldn't be able to afford these things, at least not in the St. Louis neighborhood where I grew up....

"Black kids actually see themselves in these rappers. What is so frightening to me is that black children are imitating and emulating these negative role models. The anti-social behavior they glorify is one of the reasons why more black men are in prisons than in colleges.

"In reality, what we actually get from popular rappers is cartoon characters behaving badly and living down to the expectations of what mainstream society perceives blacks to be."

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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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