Before I start this article in regards to rap music, I want to tell you a little bit about how I write. People usually take sides on a particular issue. Here in America, we have the liberal left and the conservative right. I am not going to take one side of the issue but I want to look at issues and try to understand them so that we can start looking for solutions. When it comes to rap music, the conservative side has its arguments and the liberal side has its arguments. I will be investigating each issue where I will give you the best arguments from each side. As you have seen so far from the freedom series in regards to rap music, I have given great arguments that address the conservative side of this issue. In that same regards, I will now venture to the liberal side of this issue. So after this, we can look at the issue–and decide how to resolve it.
I have spoken in previous articles that children everywhere are harmed by rap music. I talked about how this music creates an atmosphere that puts children at a disadvantage. Many people on the conservative side have complained about this music and how it harms them. I agree(d). Yet, if this music harms people when they merely listen to it, then you cannot say that black people are not affected by it when they LIVE it and EXPERIENCE it for a life. If people think that this music is not appropriate for their children to listen to–where it affects them and their future–then I ask: How can this “music”, which is a description of the lives that black people live, be appropriate for people to live in? Hence, one cannot say that black people can work just as hard as others and make it in America because when your children merely hear black people’s lives in the form of music, it hinders them. To say that black people have just as much of an opportunity to succeed in America is to wonder what makes a, “better life” and what people mean when they say that they want, “a better life for their children”? Are they speaking about a life where they want them to live in the ghetto? And why do we not want our children to live there if their opportunities in life are the same? Either ways, I will say one thing: even if one wants to argue that black people have equal opportunity to succeed in life here in America, then I wonder if we all have equal opportunity to experience violence and poverty as the opportunity that black people have to experience it. In that, black people living in the ghetto have a 100 percent chance of being given the opportunity to experience poverty while people outside of it have a (I will be exaggerating here) 50 percent chance at the most. Hence, to say that black people have an equal opportunity to succeed here in America is to forget that this is not exactly the right description for what it is that we are calculating. When it comes to people outside of the ghetto, we are calculating their opportunity 1) to remain outside of the ghetto 2) to advance further in life outside of the ghetto. 3) to not succeed and end up in the ghetto. Yet, when it comes to people inside of the ghetto, we are calculating their opportunity 1) TO MAKE IT OUTSIDE OF THE GHETTO as a way for them to advance in life. 2) to remain in the ghetto and never leave. So one cannot exactly say that black people have the same opportunities to succeed as others in society when both are living under different terms of what is means to “succeed”. In terms of rap music: black people experience its content as a life while others experience it as a form of entertainment. Does rap music make us entertain the idea that violence against black people is okay…or have we entertained that idea already?
I said in the previous article that, “Songs are collective societal ideas that are collected, given a different tone, and redistributed back to people. At their start, they are collective intellectual property—that gain ownership by the artist only for the different tone (hence, voice).” In that article, I used this to show the effects that this music has on women. Here, I want to speak about this in regards to slavery as a collective world idea that has been given a different tone (product)–called the ghetto–and redistributed back to black people to live under. At its start, slavery took black people as property—which means that society has gained ownership of the ghetto where black people currently live. MEANING: THE ISSUES IN THE GHETTO ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL PEOPLE IN SOCIETY. When an artist raps about violence, I ask: Is this violence the sole property of black people–or is it a societal property that is a result of conditions that black people are forced to live under? Imagine if I go into someone’s house, steal everything they have, and kick them out of their own home. Years later, as I am walking down the street with my kids, I see this man HOMELESS with his children. What would it mean if I try to silence this man and his children–where I use the fact that he is using inappropriate language as an excuse to do it? It means that you do not want your children to be influenced by the result of the way you treated this man! It does not mean that you are truly above him or above the language he is using. You cannot only care about black people when you only want to regard what wrongs they are doing. And you cannot only care about them to silence them or to dismiss their concerns as being invalid. This is not CARING but the abuse of caring where caring is used in such manner that goes against the people it is in regards—aka: regard to disregard is not to regard but is concerning disregard–hence, it is the abuse of regard. A song speaks about an idea that is shared amongst people in a society. The society we have in America is one where the ghetto is a result of a collective global slavery that is neither the creation of black people nor is it approved by them. What we hear in rap music is not exactly in regards to black people—but it is concerning our DISREGARD of black people. And this music is not exactly about the lives that black people have; but it is about the lives that we have forced on them…a life that none of us want to live. Hence, these violent degrading lyrics that we hear speak about what we have already found to be right for black people—we cannot, all of the sudden, view them as wrong ONLY when it comes to us; all while view them as a right for black people ONLY when it comes to us. Somehow adding “for black people” before “ONLY” is making a whole lot of difference that it should not be making–the difference is the difference between right and wrong!
Is rap music violence itself? No it speaks about the violence that happens in the ghetto. Does this music promote more violence? Well, from the perspective of people living outside of the ghetto, this music appears to promote more violence. Yet, from the perspective of people living inside of the ghetto, this music serves as a violence coping-mechanism. Coping: it is to be okay with something that is not naturally easy for one to be okay with—where if this coping mechanism is not there, people may commit suicide. Hence, for people inside of the ghetto, this music saves lives as it helps them not commit suicide where the violence and poverty that is happening is a forced death that they would rather not have and does not make one want to live–Therefore, the music makes one feel like such life is worth living still. YET: for people outside of the ghetto, this music does not serve them in that manner and it does appear to be responsible for promoting violence where it only harms black people. Does this coping mechanism encourage more violence? Or was this coping mechanism necessary due to the continuation of conditions that promote violence? And if this coping mechanism encourages more violence, then what is it that black people are trying to cope with? Rap music is an expression of this violence that DOES make violence easier to cope with. And this coping element–which makes it look better than it really is–affects people outside of the ghetto as it promotes violence as being better than it really is. Imagine this: Imagine there is a woman who is abused by her husband and drinks alcohol to cope with the situation. Does her drinking promote her children to drink or is her husband’s abuse of her the thing that promotes her children to drink? Well, from the husband’s perspective, it is her drinking that promotes the children to drink. And from her perspective, she MAY agree with him due to her being abused (sometimes abused women agree that they are the problem when they are not). Although the truth is that an environment of abuse affects all people in it and is dealt with in similar manner. In regards to black people: is it rap music that promotes violence in our society? or is it our mistreatment of black people–where we are okay with having a group of people live in poverty–that is promoting violence in our society? You cannot tell me that living in a world that is okay with poverty does not send a message to our children that human life is not that valuable. And what is violence but the expression of the lack of value in human life where one life is seen as more valuable than another? The coping mechanism, which is rap music, does not promote violence itself—no: it promotes the condition of black people ; a condition that we are okay with them to live under–which happens to be violent.
Rap music speaks about sex, guns, drugs, and violence. The poverty black people live under serves as a way to encourage our acceptance of sex, guns, drugs, and violence because of the understanding that this poverty begs to come from people. Meaning that people who want to accept black people due to sympathizing with their condition, are forced to be more accepting of the lifestyle they have as something that is not done by bad people but as something that is associated with good people. Yet sex, drugs, and violence are not associated with black people due to their goodness–but it is associated with black people due to the injustice that they are forced to live under; where the goodness of black people in conjunction to these bad things serve as evidence of this injustice. Due to this long term injustice that we insisted on black people to live under; the wrongs in it are seen as right by many people all over our country because if you want to insist that it is good for black people to experience these things, then what is good for them will necessarily be good for you and your children. And if it is not good for you and your children, then what is the insinuation in saying that it is good for black people? Furthermore: Is violence a result of the conditions black people live under? or are black people the condition called “violence” that needs to get a job and get itself (themselves) together lest it (they) dies–where if it (they) was to die, that would be great?! We sure are acting as if black people are the condition called violence where their death is a good thing for our safety–best contained in prison cells so we may enjoy a safer life. Sex, guns, drugs, and violence: if they are bad for black people, then we need to end the ghetto and give them a better life. And if these things are okay to be experienced by black people, then black people will come with the goodness– goodness as we defined it on them.
Rap music has lyrics that degrade women. Is rap music the reason why women are degraded or have women been degraded before rap music? And if rap music is the reason why women are degraded, then what did slavery do in regards to degrading people? Past events have universally degraded women and today women are still degraded across the board on different levels. Does the past give black men the right to degrade women in their music? Is the degrading lyrics towards women part of the ghetto or are they part of society that are excused as more correct due to the ghetto? Meaning: are rap artists degrading women in their lyrics because it is truly a product of the life in the ghetto—or are they degrading women in their lyrics because they can and the ghetto allows it? To answer this question we need to know whether there is a link between poverty and the way women are treated. I am suggesting that poverty is the result of sexism from all cultures and races across the world that forced the start of slavery of black people. Here is why what I am saying is right: poverty comes with another side–a rich side. This is the highlight of sexism: one has and the other does not—one has everything and the other is sitting there under his mercy. Hence, there is a need to balance the lack of productivity of those who are not allowed to be productive by the use of slaves. So slavery is a product of sexism where black people must necessarily live in poverty thereafter. And this poverty is sexually degrading as it is the result of women being sexually degraded. Yet: we cannot forget that sexism exists everywhere in this world–and black men are not an exception. Although this poverty is sexism related, the sexism part of it (not the poverty part) is partly the black man’s where there seems to be an allowance for him to express it due to this poverty (am being fair). The degrading lyrics towards women in rap music is a result of past and present sexism in conjunction with poverty that excuses it (as if sexism did not create poverty)—hence, this poverty is continued by sexism from all cultures and races around the world. And black people become those who must entertain it as a lifestyle that suits them—where in forcing women to not be sexual in one culture, black people must balance it out—where in forcing women to be virgins when they marry, black people must balance it out—because in wanting to live a rich life, black people must also balance that out with having to live in poverty. Hence, the sexist rap lyrics affect other people/groups in the world via acting as a balancing act (balancing as the economy which was sexist in its foundation)–where the stricter you are, the more insulting and perverted they seem. I will say another thing that some may find insulting: amongst men there exists a sexist need to promote sexism where degrading women becomes the way one man connects with another—and to be fair, I will say that black men do engage in this behavior where they promote sexist ideas to confirm the sexism that exists in other cultures as correct–although it is something that harms them and has a direct affect on their condition. To be blunt, what I am talking about is this need of one man to help another one get laid–and the need for one man to help another get over (mistreat) women in how they treat them. Men from all cultures and races do this—black men are the leaders of them (shown by how men from all over the world act, “black”). So no one is getting a free pass when it comes to how women are treated! Let me say another thing in regards to that: Black men are the leaders of this, right? And guess where we dumped our problems and sexism? On black people! Yay! So he is leading you by the problems you fed him!! “Here is a bomb…and I will follow you around!” (meaning that you dumped sexism and all kinds of things on him– and since you are sexist, he is now leading you by it and taking you to that sexism and all these kinds of things—in accordance to your orders, sir!!)
Violence, sex, guns, and drugs are in many aspects of society and entertainment–whether it is in movies, video games, music, or TV shows. To focus on rap music as being the thing to get cleaned up first is racist and oppressive in and of itself: not only would we be targeting a problem that we ourselves are responsible for–but we would be trying to silence the people experiencing it so that we can escape that responsibility. It is necessary, however, to clean up the entertainment industry…and this needs to start with us having to help black people out of the ghetto—otherwise, it would be wrong to clean it up. It is similar to gun rights—as long as there are problems in this world, you cannot take away people’s rights to defend themselves. If someone is hurt and is crying, you cannot put up a: PLEASE BE QUIET sign. So if it is not for the sake of black people, we should help them for the sake of our children. Until then, we are the ones who have approved of their living conditions as being part of our society—the same society our children live in.
So can we please address the ghetto and make sure that it is no longer there. Am such a loving person, right? Not at all… Actually the reason why I am so eager to get this issue fixed is not because I care that much…but this movie is getting way too long and I want to know what will happen next. That is all. What do you think will happen? Will people only focus their evilness on women—and I will be more screwed than I am now? Honestly: As I was writing this, I contemplated deleting it a few times due to feeling like I was bringing hell onto myself by these great arguments that may actually help people (is it even right to help them? Why has no one done it yet? Does everyone else know something that I am not aware of? If so, please send me a comment and write: DO NOT PUBLISH at the end so that I may delete this if necessary)— I felt the same way white men feel when it comes to addressing these issues: fear. Because really: This may turn out in such manner that all evilness is geared towards women…at least black people took some hatred although it is getting sent back to us (via their music)–which is why I am writing this to stop it since I have a full basket of issues and the wolf is already heading to grandma’s house–I do not need a mountain lion on top. Yet, there are other greater possibilities that kept me writing: Will we decide that we should enslave them again? Will we decide that Arabs are the problem? Or Jews? How great are surprises, right? COME ON!! I WANT TO KNOW!! Is no one else interested in changing the channel on this repetitive life that is chocking me? Just give them better homes already…hurry…we never found out what happens if we give black people better homes… I bet it will shock us!! I bet you: we will not be disappointed! Black people: Are you sure you want better homes?—-JUST KIDDING: I DO CARE—YOU CANNOT COME UP WITH THESE ARGUMENTS BY NOT GIVING A DAMN!