I thought about our conversation and decided if there’s something that needs to be said I’m going to say it. After all, isn’t that the socially responsible thing to do?
We will not progress unless we are willing to accept the fact that we need to shoulder some of the responsibility for our current condition. If we want to accept the accolades for our successes and accomplishments we must also shoulder some of the responsibility for our failures and missteps.
We cannot place the entire blame for our situation on external conditions.
Don't get me wrong, there are a multitude of things affecting African Americans that we have little or no control over. African Americans cannot eradicate racism. We cannot change the cultural philosophy of those who promote exclusion versus inclusion. I am not absolving anyone of their actions. All I'm saying is we need to spend more time looking inward at our own behavior and start doing a better job of holding people accountable for their actions.
To add insult to injury, there are those that find nothing wrong with the song. Rapper-singer Future commented:
I never thought it would get so much attention. But I think overall with the whole situation, he did bring light in a positive way to what happened [to Emmett Till], even though they probably thought it was negative; he brought positive energy to the situation. Because a lot of people don’t know…my dad didn’t even know who Emmett was. He’s thinking I’m talking about Emmitt Smith…he raised the awareness to people who didn’t even know who Emmett Till was. To young kids who didn’t know what happened to him…So when situations like that do happen, I don’t believe in any way, form, or fashion he did it out of disrespect towards the family.
Then there's Rick Ross' date rape song. Again another apology once there was a financial impact.
My point is not to attack rap music industry, It is to bring attention to how we are perceived based on the images we present. There are a lot of people in the rap music world that are doing some very positive and productive things, unfortunately we don't hear enough about them.
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