The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

11 November 2005

Thugs on parade

Matt Rosenberg, proprietor of the fine Rosenblog and an ongoing friend of this screwy little site, has a commentary at City Journal, in which he asks, "Why do white liberals accept the 'gangsta' persona as a perfectly legitimate expression of black culture?"

I think David "Clubbeaux" Sims had a substantive point:

White Americans have proven, over time, to be the most fair-minded, open-minded, culturally sensitive people on the face of the earth in world history, but never has any identifiable cultural demographic been more vilified for being culturally insensitive. Nobody ever — ever — criticizes blacks for not listening to bluegrass, but whites are routinely criticized for not listening to the rap stool pounding out at offensive volume from the car next to you at the stoplight, where your three-year old has to listen to "F-word my ho'" this and "F-word" that. That's the end result of "multiculturalism," being forced to endure absolute garbage just because a non-WASP is perpetrating it.

Well, maybe relative garbage.

My comment at the time:

I'm not suggesting that we pluck kids from the inner city and give them a daily dose of Debussy or anything, but letting them grow up with the descendants of Bad, Bad Leroy Brown as role models isn't doing them one damn bit of good, either.

This was, of course, nearly three years ago; since then, people have taken pains to remind me that most of that stuff is in fact bought by white boys.

Posted at 7:02 AM to Almost Yogurt

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Yea ... I was just thinkin about my hero FiddyCent ... such a nice young man. Misunderstood and maligned ... it's a wonder he doesn't have a complex. heh

Posted by: Ron at 10:25 AM on 11 November 2005

I don't criticize nobody for not listening to nothin.

I do criticize those who bad-mouth forms of music to which they haven't, you know, listened.

That N.A.S. fellow made a bang-up theme for The Sopranos, you know. And that M&M boy, he might go somewhere.

And now, back to Eric Whitacre.

Posted by: Matt at 3:18 PM on 11 November 2005

I have a definite idea where Eminem should go.

Actually, during its formative years, I found it to be a fresh (original sense) and interesting genre, but after two decades, it's as tedious as 80s hair bands, and even less defensible.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:40 AM on 12 November 2005

At least disco had the good grace to fade away.

Posted by: McGehee at 1:12 PM on 12 November 2005

Why shouldn't we force them to listen to Debussy? I'm forced to listen to their damn car stereos, even when my windows are closed. I saw a commercial recently for JC Penney or KMart or some equally boring whitebread retail chain that had a hip hop soundtrack and I thought "This is it. This must be the end of hip hop!" So far, though, I haven't seen any (other) sign of it.

Posted by: Rachel at 7:35 AM on 14 November 2005

Its persistence is due to: (1) the fact that it still sells fairly well despite declines in music-industry income, and (2) the notion among cultural arbiters that it's some sort of Authentic Voice of the People, as though John and Alan Lomax ought to be recording it for posterity.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:10 AM on 14 November 2005