Thursday, July 06, 2006

Black on Black media violence!

Media: I don't have a like for Leonard Pitts Jr., of the Miami Herald, but Lucius Gantt rant on Pitts because he backed up Oprah vs rappers is just ignorant. Via the Daily Pulp. Here is what Pitts had to say about the hip-hop community whining about Oprah.

The lords of hip-hop made their fortunes and their fame by flipping the middle-finger salute to middle-American alarm and apprehension over their music, its rawness, its explicitness, its violence and its effects. They were outsiders, loud and profanely proud in their rejection of white picket fence mores and norms. Fine. They have every right. But now they’re singing the blues because the ultimate arbiter of white picket fence mores and norms wants nothing to do with them? Now they’re seeking sympathy because they are denied a stamp of approval from Middle America’s main gatekeeper? Cry me a river. I mean, what do they expect? You can’t have it both ways. You cannot curse people and expect them to support you, cannot offend them then ask them to welcome you. I’m reminded of what mama always said about respect: you got to give some to get some. Perhaps this is news to the hip-hop nation, populated as it is by people who routinely embrace values neutrality and moral relativism, who often duck responsibility for what they say and how they say it, who frequently refuse to recognize words have meaning and consequence. But if it’s new to them, it’s validation to me. For the better part of 20 years, hip-hop’s overriding message has been, “Bleep the mainstream.'’ Apparently, these guys are upset that they’re being taken at their word.
This sets off Gantt.
Apparently Pitts is so loved as a Miami Herald Negro columnist because he does not spend a lot of time in Black communities. If he did he would know that most residents of Miami’s and other Black communities have no problem with rap music. If he went to any club in Miami in Overtown, Liberty City or even on South Beach, he’d heard rap music. He’d hear Black rap music or it’s Latin rap equivalents like Reggaetone. Leonard, since you don’t know about a lot of things you write about, rap music is a product of the society in which it was born. Rap artists sing about police brutality because there is police brutality. Rap artists rap about whores and tricks because there are whores and tricks. Rappers did not invent those words that upset you the most. Niggers, bitches, and so on were coined by white folks! Gantt continues: “The Miami Herald could choose from a plethora of Black columnists. Why do you think they gave a job to Leonard Pitts? They hired Pitts because Pitts would write what the white publishers and editors at The Miami Herald wanted him to write.”
I can't figure out Gantt's argument. Pitts has no right to complain because rap is a product of the hood and just vocalizing what they see and hear? Most of the slang in rap today that are masterpieces of degradation towards women for example were made by blacks. Pitts is pointing out the idiocy of rappers complaining that Oprah doesn't have them on her show which on a regular basis is about the empowerment of women. Why would Oprah give out her credibility to a genre of music and artists who encourage and act out everything that is wrong about Black America for the most part? Why give them such a showcase? But the lashing out at Pitt(man does it pain me to try and back him up) by calling him the Miami Herald house negro is an old cliche trotted out by bitter blacks who feel if someone is not lashing out everytime at the white man, he/she is a sell out. The act is getting old and less people are buying into it.

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