Monday, February 23, 2009

The Barack Obama Cartoon

I really didn't get the cartoon even if we put aside the fact that monkeys are often used as a derogatory representation of African-Americans. Does it mean the crazy monkey was actually the author of the bill due to its outrageous spending or does it mean something else. Just a plain old bad cartoon in my opinion.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Rap Music/Thug Culture Destroying Black Youth?

People display culture, emotions, artistic skill and inspiration through the music they make. Does music have the ability to be detrimental to an entire race? While having a discussion with a friend about the subject, we seemed to be on opposite sides in terms of our viewpoint.

Some (such as Bill Cosby) feel that societal and cultural "pressure" to conform to a "gansta" mentality in African American communities is destroying youth (particularly young males) and creating broken households. Others think the music is merely an outlet for impoverished communities and an apparent lack of upward mobility for black youth.

It is also possible that there is a bias in American culture to view black youth (especially young men) as violent and aggressive. However, I think there is some merit to the argument that rap culture while maybe not hurting, is certainly not helping. There has been statistical proof that black youth are more likely to grow up in a single-parent home (63% of all black households). Why is this? Are the demons of slavery and racism still felt or is this a product of black culture itself? No clear answers here...