There were two recent occurrences that started a riveting conversation between Montana, Cedric and myself Tuesday night. I accidently saw a David Chappell rerun that depicted Black men denigrating and stereotyping the African American male.
On the radio show I played a rap song that included the F and N words and encouraged “popping the molly” (ecstasy). I don’t remember the B word in this particular rap song.
In my world, there is no tolerance for bigotry and racism. But, I have come to the realization that the instincts of hatred remain entrenched in corporate America. If a buck can be made from a concept, then a creative marketing message needs to be accepted. This is true for any product or business.
The entertainment industry and related industries make money from promoting racism. The messenger has become the African American entertainer who continues to be given a free reign to expound upon stereotypes, drugs, and negative decisions every young person of every generation has faced. EVERY young person today is seeing and hearing the message “pop the molly” and F’in Nig….. brings. The drug and alcohol mavens in the business suits understand how to move concepts and products to our streets under the guise of entertainment.
Society laments the statistically sad economic and social state of the minority communities and the bigotry that it generates. Meanwhile, corporate America laughs going to the bank from the message creatively passed along to foment the condition.
A few of the “Black leaders” seize upon the economic opportunity racism brings and ALL of America’s leaders remain silent on the message being generated from the entertainment industry.
Unfortunately, too many people in white America have their bigotry reinforced by watching “pop the molly” and David Chappel reruns.
Every generation has passed through a phase of youth that includes challenging the norms of the older generations before them. The entertainment industry has been in the forefront of every movement. Elvis, Lennon, McCartney, Mick and Dylan were the messengers of the 50′s and 60′s. In an earlier age, society would not have tolerated the message coming from the entertainment industry today.
The news media remains silent. The media makes their money from human tragedies and momentary turmoil. Writing about the evils of racism sells more papers and creates more viewers than searching for the root causes.
The radio show is attempting to peel away the hypocrisy and truth about the drug distribution to our communities. We need an open discussion to understand the marketing and selling of drugs into our neighborhoods.
Tuesday night I came to realize we need an open and honest discussion on why we are allowing the stereotypes and negative influences that impede social progress to be promulgated by people of color on behalf of corporate America.