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Hip-Hop and Black-on-Black Violence

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2005/5/11 3:52:32 (2541 reads)

Tonight at the dinner table, my 6 year old son made the following pronouncement to the family:
"Mom, dad, you know what? I like Hip-Hop music."

Since neither my wife nor I commonly listen to Hip-Hop, we sort of wondered where he would have gotten that from. He's only in kindergarten, but it's amazing what the kids will pick up by osmosis in school.

So, for the heck of it, I went over to our Comcast cable box and tuned it to the digital music channel for Hip-hop, to "entertain us" while we ate dinner.

Most of what was played I didn't recognize. I guess I have a slightly "old school" take on what Hip-hop is.

Black-on-Black Violence
One of the "songs", which was more of a rap, said something about "black-on-black violence". While I've heard the term before, I had to think about it for a minute.

Black-on-black is a distinction drawn by well-meaning but wrong-thinking folks who would like to see an end to the excessive amount of street-violence that seems to be committed by and against blacks in numbers that are statistically out-of-proportion with their portion of the general population.

While most sane people, myself included, would like to see this violence stopped, it sort of bothers me that the words of this rap specifically discouraged black-on-black violence. I suppose it's better than encouraging it, but why not just discourage violence in general?

Does it really matter what races are involved in a violent attack? I'd prefer not to see ANY violence in the streets, whether it's white-on-black, black-on-black, black-on-white, or green-on-purple.

Seriously folks, is the thought here that someone who is about to commit a violent act against a person of the same race should stop first and think: "Dang, I'm bout to pop a cap in a fellow n***a! I think I'll save my bullets for some hon***s and give this other guy a pass!".

While I can understand the pragmatism of the black community leaders who want this problem addressed, I don't think it takes the moral high ground.

If I could do something about violence, I think it would be to put the thought out there that ALL violence is caused by fear.

Think about that for a second. It's universally true. If you "pop a cap" in someone, it's because you're afraid of something. What does that say about you? Do you live in fear? Not that all fear and all violence are unjustified, but the most common one is:

Revenge = fear that someone will get away with something. If you commit violence out of revenge, it shows that you have a lack of faith that justice will be carried out by your government or a higher power.

On a lighter note:
A little while ago, we got out the "Booty-Shakin' Hits" CD, with old-school classics like "Doin' the Butt", "This is how we do it", and "The Humpty Dance", and cranked up our stereo as loud as it would sanely go. All of us - the kids, the wife, the dogs, and myself shook our booties and had a good time.

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