From the 5/14 Show – Racism and the Fuel That Powers it

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.

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2 Responses to From the 5/14 Show – Racism and the Fuel That Powers it

  1. I thought that this was an excellent post but there is one point I would like to make.
    I think you exaggerate when you say that ALL of America’s leaders are silent on this issue.
    There are several leading figures in the hip hop community, such as Dead Prez, Immortal Technique, KRS-1, and others who have called attention to this phenomena, and rap against both the culture of corporate hip hop and the racism of corporate America. While these songs will never be played on clear channel radio stations or BET, many youth consider them to be leaders in the entertainment industry.
    There are also leaders in the African amrerican community, such as Mumia Abu Jamal, death row inmate and political prisoner, and assata Shakur, former black panther and political refugee, who speak out on these issues. On the left in terms of journalism, Amy Goldman of Democracy Now! uses her journalism to fight against racism on corporate America, among other issues.
    But also, more in the mainstream, Cornel West, considered to be a leader in the black community, has spoken out against the racist capitalist system, and despite failing to advocate an out and out break with Obama in the elections, has even taken mr. Obama to task on his complacency in te face of institutional racism and other issues facing the black community. Broadly speaking, yes, Americas leaders ignore this problem, but not ALL of them.
    This is because working people, both black ad white, need to build up a new layer of leadership, from those within their own communities, a leadership that won’t tow the line of corporate politics, profiteering and racism but will fight, culturally, politically and otherwise for a world where institutional racism is a thing of the past, a world based on democratic socialism. A socialist world. Looking forward to listening to your show!
    -Christian
    “You can’t have capitalism without racism” -Malcolm X

    • Larry says:

      Mr. Christian has taken my blog a step further and a step deeper than I anticipated. My point was that the entertainment industry and other facets of corporate America promulgate a stereotype that produces profits and the “mainstream” leaders remain silent. An extrapolation of the argument brings the business suits into the formula to move more drugs into our communities.

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