Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Voice of Atlanta

Another great column from the AJC's Cynthia Tucker, again assuming a lonely voice in the wilderness with her take on the recent murder of rapper T.I.'s best friend:

It may be comforting to think that the violent lyrics of rap music are just the overly dramatic musings of creative, if rebellious, young minds. It's just words, isn't it?

Think again. In the last 12 months alone, several young black men linked to rap music have been killed in disputes stoked by a code of conduct that finds respect in retribution and mistakes slaughter for strength.

The deaths have received at least cursory news coverage, a tribute to the celebrity status of most of the subjects. But there have been no sharp denunciations of the violence from the black institutions that matter, no groundswell of anger or disgust on black college campuses, no marches or demonstrations led by self-appointed black leaders.

Had just one of these young men been killed by white police officers, the machinery of black protest would have revved into high gear, with press conferences, marches and demands for justice. The relatively muted response to the string of dead rappers — the suspected perpetrators are mostly other young black men — suggests that a dead black man matters most when his murder can be used as political propaganda.

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At least the dead rappers get a big funeral and their heirs profit from increased sales. Millions of young black men across the country adopt them as role models and emulate their behavior. Some of them will die, too, but their deaths will be noted only by family and friends. It's no wonder that homicide remains a leading cause of death for young black men.

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  7. i beg to differ this whole artical is wrong in fact its down right outragious.
    as a young black Male and a local rap artist, i believe that when black people have civil wars and kill each other, thats not something they are proud off i might add, they do it for a reason
    and the way you potrait it you make it out as if when a white person is killed by a police man its alright, would it be alright if an officor in duity kills a white man?, even tho it sounds like thats beside the point its not
    black people are not proud off killing each other , which race would be? and even though rappers use violent words and frazes, its because of the way they grew up, they do it to show where they came from. the struggle and pain of being a young black male growing up in a "ghetto" or a "hood" ( look those words up and you will see what i mean) and because of that background, everychance they get is a blessing. But there is always someone who wants to take that chance for themselfs , someone that doesnt want you to be happy, so its like a jungle , kill or be killed. Thats the reason there is so many rap related killings, they have no choice because they dont have grades and qualifications to show up , so they can be a doctor or a lawer, they have a mic and thats it, they have the talent to put words together. i recomment you buy a Tupac rap record before you write an article like this.

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