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Rap’s Disrespect Of Black Icons Raises Concerns

From the Associated Press:

Rap disrespect of black icons raises concerns

By JESSE WASHINGTON | Mar 2, 2014

Malcolm X and rap music have always fit together like a needle in the groove, connected by struggle, strength and defiance. But three recent episodes involving the use or misuse of Malcolm and other black icons have raised the question: Has rap lost touch with black history?

How come historic black icons have to be respected when historic white icons don’t?

Chart-topping rapstress [sic] Nicki Minaj provoked widespread outrage with an Instagram post featuring one of black history’s most poignant images: Malcolm X peering out the window of his home, rifle in hand, trying to defend his wife and children from firebombs while under surveillance by federal agents.

That sure makes it sound like Malcolm X was being attacked by the federal government. Whereas, in reality, he was being attacked by members of the Nation Of Islam, who eventually killed him.

Superimposed on the photo: the title of Minaj’s new song, which denigrates [sic!] certain black men and repeats the N-word 42 times.

That came after Minaj’s mentor Lil Wayne recorded a verse last year using the civil rights martyr Emmett Till in a sexual metaphor, and the hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons posted a Harriet Tubman "sex tape" video on his comedy channel.

Why hasn’t Obama thrown all these people in jail, like the guy who disrespected the Prophet of Islam? (‘The future cannot belong to those who slander Malcolm X.’)

What is happening to mainstream rap music, which was launched by Simmons and is now ruled by the likes of Minaj and Wayne?

"I don’t want to say today’s rappers are not educated about black history, but they don’t seem as aware as rap generations before them," said Jermaine Hall, editor-in-chief of Vibe, the hip-hop magazine and website.

While previous generations had to struggle with the racism and neglect of the 1970s or the crack epidemic of the 1980s, Hall said, today’s young people have not faced the same type of racial struggle – "They’re sort of getting further and further away from the civil rights movement."

"In the `80s, whether it was KRS-One, Public Enemy, or the Native Tongues, that entire movement, it was very in tune with black history," Hall said. "They knew everything about Malcolm, about Martin, about Rosa Parks. Now, the new rappers just aren’t as in tune." …

Jesse Washington doesn’t seem to be ‘in tune’ either.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, March 3rd, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Rap’s Disrespect Of Black Icons Raises Concerns”

  1. Right of the People

    You can’t spell crap without rap.


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