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Reply to "Ghettopoly"

If they organizations are so outraged, why do these groups and people mobilize now, and not protest entertainers like 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, or whoever else.

Why do our "leaders" get defensive when an "outsider" reenforces these stereotypes, but sit by and let our own get away with it? Where do you think this immigrant got most of these ideas about what "ghetto" is? All you have to do is turn on the TV and watch the latest video.

We willingly export this representation of our community through the music and entertainment throughout the world. We get all hot and bothered when someone from the outside tries to cash in on these images, but we seem to turn a blind eye to when it is done within the community.

In fact, I feel that these actions by our "heroes" and "idols" do more damage to enforcing stereotypes within OUR community than influencing outsiders because our black youth (and the not so young) get the idea mostly from PEERS and not the white media that this is what being a black American is about. This is partly why it is so hard for our children with the talent to make it sometimes cannot due to enormous peer pressure imposed on these young impressionable minds that to reject these images means you are not down (i.e. you don't act the part, so you must want to be white, etc).

That's enough ranting for me today.
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