Friday, April 13, 2007

An excerpt from Terry Moran that I found right on.

The rapper Snoop Dogg put it a little more pungently:

“It’s a completely different scenario,” he said. "[Rappers] are not talking about no collegiate basketball girls who have made it to the next level in education and sports. We’re talking about ho’s that’s in the ‘hood that ain’t doing sh–, that’s trying to get a n—a for his money. These are two separate things. First of all, we ain’t no old-ass white men that sit up on MSNBC going hard on black girls. We are rappers that have these songs coming from our minds and our souls that are relevant to what we feel. I will not let them mutha—-as say we in the same league as him."

All this is pernicious nonsense. "Horsefeathers," as Grandpa Walton might put it.

Most Americans seem to believe--rightly, in my judgment--that you don't get a pass on civility in this country because you're a black man who raps; that you aren't entitled to call women "ho" or "bitch"--whether they're in "the hood" (an exegesis I simply do not buy from Mr. Dogg) or in my family; that just because you claim that a repugnant slur comes from your "mind and soul" does not give you a license to hurl it at people.

And many Americans ask: How is it that so many parents are supposed to tolerate the bombardment of our daughters with the most degrading imagery and language? Because it's promulgated by black artists? Huh? A white man says stuff like that, and he must be fired--but a black man can degrade women and himself, and it's "art"? Where's the real racism there? Which man is being treated as beneath our shared values and standards?


Blogger Dave said...


For better or worse, I've been thinking about this thing for a couple of days now.

I'm still pondering; but, it isn't a Snoop or a Pacman in the NFL. It's the "suits" that enable the just "bad wrong" behavior that make the suits money.

What little I've read in your blog, it seems that you are trying to reach some kids that are growing up with no solid structure. Those kids are done wrong by CBS, the NFL and MLB and a bunch of other initials that through whatever sells out to them.

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