black folks…please…

folks have their knickers in a twist about the three mafia six performance and oscar on sunday night…they call it…”degenerate“…they call it…”coonery“…what the hell…”an all out war on hip hop”…it’s just a song…now…there’s a lot that i don’t know…but of this i am certain…when 15 year old suburban teenagers and your middle aged dad lay claim to the title…and when the academy of motion picture arts and sciences gives an oscar to a song titled “it’s hard out here for a pimp”…with a performance highlighted by…interpretive dance…then pimping must be dead…besides who needs a pimp anyway…i jest…

these people should save their rage and consternation for something important…because the rap game ain’t oppressing anyone…except maybe the rappers…these people have forgotten…already…that hip hop was born from black people catching hell…sure, they might have been down with it when rap was all dashikis and black power fists…talkin bout…free mandela…maybe not even then…but now that it’s people from the streets and ghettos…spitting the…dressed up…ugly truths about poverty in america…they can’t stomach it…the thing is…these rappers are doing the exact thing black conservatives have been chanting forever…use capitalism to pull themselves up out of the streets…you want to get angry…okay…try having an emotion for the young men and women trapped in prostitution by cycles of addiction and abuse…try feeling something for people ignored and neglected by an education system that their choices become…rap…sports…or hustling in the streets…now that’s real…

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