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Posted by Robert
Rap News Network
10/30/2003 9:07:36 AM

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It has been more than two decades since the perverse lyrics of rap music began polluting our society — providing our youth with a modern-day Pied Piper to march to.

Rappers plied the unsuspecting public with the bile of racial hate and frustration — all nicely packaged in a hip hop groove — that appealed to a youthful segment that cuts across gender, race and socioeconomic levels.

If one could bounce to the groove, it must be OK. But it's not, and never was.

We recall the public outcry in the 1950s and 1960s with the musical grooves delivered by rock ‘n' roll, rhythm and blues and the Beatles.

But these back-in-the-day lyrical troubadours were not advocating the overthrow of the Republic, the debasement of women or an assault on law enforcement.

We have great fondness for the Motown sound of the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson. While they gave us musical relief — love and tender ballads — their unique groove did not lose touch with human reality.

In our view, rap music has become a tawdry barometer of the growing intolerance that is the growing mind set of not only our youth, but adults as well.

We are increasingly illiberal in attitude, focusing on the future through a narrow human periscope. We show a reluctance, and in some cases an abhorrence, to acknowledge views of others that run counter to ours.

That is the urban deal of rap — my way or no way. Perhaps the rap genre simply stirred a slumbering attitude of intolerance, but that does not make its social dysfunction a marching cadence for the majority.

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