Memo to Young Black Men: Please Grow Up

Stanley Crouchwrote an interesting editorial last week.  In his editorial, Croutch is concerned that his 30 y/o daughter can’t find a decent black man.  Him and his daughter both contribute this to the influence of Hip-Hop. 

I will admit, as a 30 y/o black male, I am not pleased with the direction in which hip hop is going; especially the down south aspect.  All they rap about is booty shaking, sex and bling bling.  There is no type of positive message.  Hip Hop artist argue that parents should be responsible for monitoring what their kids watch and hear.  These are the same artist who do not mind calling black women ‘bitches and ho’s.’  Ludacris for example, responded to Essence Magazine’s editorial staff complaint that his music was demeaning to black women, by saying that he will stop calling black women bitches and ho’s when black women stop calling themselves these negative terms.  There are many more examples, but you get the point.

Croutch’s editorial may appear one sided or bashing hip hop, but most of what he said is true.  So many of our black youth and young adults for that matter, view Hip Hop as a culture, more frightening, we (black people) have incorporated negative music into African American culture.  And as a result, the recording industry has joined the band wagon because it sells.  All we care about is if we can dance to it.   It is time for black men to step up to the plate; despite the barriers that society places in our way, it is up to those of us who are socially conscience and who have achieved a certain level of success to give back to our young black boys who do not have the parental guidance which is needed.  I understand Mr. Croutch’s frustration, but he too must also reach out and mentor black youth in need. No one is going to save us, but us!!!  

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2 Responses

  1. Another interesting post.

    I read somewhere, and I agree, that rap/hip-hop initially was the “punk rock” for black kids. It was rebellious, and sorta served the same role. But Punk never really became mainstream — not real punk, at least.

    Hip Hop, however, has become amazingly popular across the board. There’s some clever stuff out there. Besides the mysogeny, I find the extreme materialism many hip hop artists glorify sort of offensive. But then, I’m a 42 year old white skateboarder, what the hell do I know?

  2. Hey just because your white does not mean you don’t understand whats going on. You made a valid point. I do appreciate you commenting on my blog!

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