One answer: Competition with highly offensive rap lyrics, with degrading depictions of girls and young women, used by noted rappers like Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, who both rap in their songs indicate it’s okay to rape, hit, or kill girls and young women
We believe these violent lyrics are having major impact on the psyche (mind) and behaviors of young folk, who spend too much time listening to this offensive genre. Poorer low income communities, youth with less exposure to entertainment choices, living in communities plagued with crime, drugs, and violence, most often are lacking in safe community opportunities for constructive teen activity, and is a fertile breeding ground for increased TDV rates. Our focused research partnership with our Youth Leadership Team,and University of Pennsylvania takes a closer look during our Money-Power-Respect research project (soon to be released).
How does a young mind separate reality and truth from these lyrics? Are they just loving the beat, but immune to these violent lyrics depicting how to treat girls and young women? Are adults so turned off to this form of youth entertainment- we don’t even know what the lyrics are saying? Answer: All the above.
From my remembrance, music had profound impact on attitudes and behaviors of it’s listeners. The argument for freedom of expression rights, should never outweigh ethics, values, and morals, or target a specific group or gender. The recent pull back of Mountain Dew and Reebock from sponsorships to the two (2) rappers referenced above- is a great step towards saying, “we aren’t taking it anymore”. Some of us are listening intently and refuse to allow this low level of regard for OUR daughters to prevail. Stay tuned….
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