If ‘The Rap Genre’ has not influenced the sense of decency in the last two generations of African American-Americans, what is that has dropped the belts of both men and women below their buttocks. What is it that has made the wearers of the clothes think that such dress is ‘okay’...rather than an act of indecency? What is it that has the practitioners of rap participate, and advocate the disparaging, and demeaning of African American women. I say African American women because they are most important to me, and regrettably, the artists practicing this ethnic and gender smearing are those who look most like us.
Our music has historically been a vehicle for our survival. The owners of the music industry have turned our music into a vehicle to demean an entire people. Those owners will not sign contracts with artists who do not practice what the owners want to have ‘preached’ into the minds of our children.
Believe it, or not. Many, if not most, of the people who listen to this music, listen to little else. Many African American who live in communities do not have access to radio programming that offers a positive state-of-mind regarding issues beneficial to African Americans. We do not realize that is us who has control. We don’t realize, because it has to happen one person at-a-time. We each make the decision to listen..., or not to listen.
What would we do without ‘that music’?
Music no longer ‘lift us’. Music demeans, and denigrates us..., AND we ‘sing it’. Our children embrace it. Our children have adopted the manner of dress practiced in the prisons of our nations. Could this be, because that is what they see when they visit their loved ones who are in prison? Could be this is the manner of dress taught to them by their relatives and friends returning to the community from imprisonment? Their shoes are untied, or have no laces at all. They walk the streets holding up their pants as is common in prisons where belts are no allowed.
Some say it is the practice of ‘Men Having Sex With Men’.
‘Men Having Sex With Men’ is considered by the HIV/AIDS Treatment Community as a separate category from ‘Homosexuality’. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter when it comes to dress. Only now, our children have adopted it as ‘the acceptable thing to do’.
Again, I say, ‘Turn Off The Music!’