When you say that hip hop has only been around for a couple of years, what are you basing that assertion on? From where do you date its genesis. I believe that it is well documented that it goes back to the 70's and is approximately 30 years old as I stated in an earlier post. Thus in accessing hip hop as a movement or way of life, I think that there is ample evidence out there for investigation.
Again, if you are suggesting a radical break or paradigm shift within the tradition that would indicate a substantive change in the affirmative over early periods, I would be interested to know.
I do not think that anyone here wishes to give up on the youth. I was a college administrator for 12 years who is working on a PhD in order to go into the classroom full-time. At my last job, I had a number of students from inner city Detroit. I and others did our best to help them succeed, and fought to create a space for them in the academic community. We helped some and probably failed others. In the position before that, I was involved as a community liaison in two maximum security prisons were I dealt a great deal with young adult offenders.
I do not intend to romance the past or the present. I think that if we are to advance as a people, that we must not shy away from asking tough questions and holding people accountable, ourselves included. To not do that, is not doing anyone any favors, in fact, to not hold persons accountable is in my opinion to deny their humanity, it is to assert that they (we) are somehow less than. That is unacceptable to me.