Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera sparked major controversy today with some of his interesting thoughts on rap music. The “militant moderate” spoke with HuffPost today, saying that “Hip-hop has done more damage to black and brown people than racism in the last 10 years”. Rivera continues, issuing the challenge to find “a Puerto Rican from the South Bronx or a black kid from Harlem who has succeeded in life other than being the one-tenth of one-tenth of one percent that make it in the music business — that’s been a success in life walking around with his pants around his ass and with visible tattoos…”
*puts tea down…raises hand*
I’m curious, Geraldo. What damage does Hip Hop do to mainstream America? The majority of the people who consume rap (go to shows, buy merchandise, buy CDs, etc.) are non-Black, specifically white people. Hip Hop culture is also consumed across the entire world. Are you implying that mainstream Americans (non-minorities and model minorities) and the rest of the world have a stronger intrinsic moral fortitude to consume Hip Hop culture without internalizing it than Black and Brown kids in the inner cities of America?
My bad g, I figured you weren’t implying that….
………But let’s say you are, and it does more damage to Black and Brown kids. Are you implying that people in these communities are more susceptible to influence through music? Or at least just when it comes to violent rap music. Because even though rappers also talk about self-love, peace, prosperity, determination, self-actualization, community building, rebelling against injustice, social consciousness, etc., the negative seems to be the only things sticking. Why is that?
Wait, so you’re not saying that? Shoot…..I apologize dog.
………But if you aren’t saying that, then aren’t you insinuating that the reason Black and Brown people are more susceptible to Hip Hop’s negative aspects is because many of them live in the type of lower socio-economic conditions that fosters this type of susceptibility (i.e. listening to violence rap in a violent neighborhood makes you violent)? So shouldn’t the social conditions come under question more than the culture, or at least, in conjunction with it? And if those conditions were influenced by a well-documented history of institutionalized racial discrimination and prejudice, aren’t you saying racism exacerbates the social ills perpetuated in these communities?
I’m trippin’. I keep forgetting that you’re not talking about the music, you’re talking about fashion.
………Was it off-base for host Josh Zepps to suggest there are many potential explanations for the alienation of minority communities aside from Hip Hop and their style of dress? And why do minority communities remain isolated from mainstream America, seeing as their style of dress (among other things) have been commodified, re-appropriated, and sold to the mainstream America? Racism has nothing to do with that? Or are you suggesting that young Black and Brown kids will slay the fiery, mythical, raging beast of Racism and migrate into the land of milk and honey the day they pull their pants up?
So you weren’t saying that?
……….This just a big misunderstanding, bruh. I thought you were trolling at first, but I was clearly wrong.
And now my tea is cold………………….shit.