CAUTION - "N WORD" INCLUDED
I HATE RAP! I don't understand why it is classified as "Music."
Because of the constitution and Freedom of Speech, I have the right to say it. Thank You Forefathers and all the others that made what Amendments that precious document includes for being so thoughtful and selfless.
I continue: If the "N" Word is so offensive to so many, how come one of the early Rap Groups named themselves "NWA?"
I looked it up. That stands for Niggas Wit Attitude. I suppose, so long as you alter the spelling of the word and you are of the right race, it's alright for you to use it so openly and at the same time, so covertly; attempting to disguise and conceal the meaning from anyone not in the know.
They certainly didn't use that same technique when they composed a Rap titled "Fuck the police." I know that just by my typing that first, vulgar, four letter word in the title of that Rap will offend most of the people that might read it. You would have known what I meant if I had typed F_ _ K, so why bother? I wanted to be authentic with my facts and I believe I have been. Then, they make a movie about the group and some certain peoples rave about how great it is. It may have been well produced and performed but it's no Master piece
Look; if you are of the BLACK race, unless you only recently migrated to this country from Africa and became a naturalized citizen through the designated process, you are no more an African American than I am just because your skin color is black.
I honestly regret that so many of the black race have suffered so much at the hands of bigoted, racist non-black people. I wrote that last sentence as I did because it's not only Caucasian people that are racist and bigoted. The black race has its' own kind of racism against any and all other people who don't treat them as they feel they should be treated.
I hate that I have my own prejudices. Yes! Prejudices; Plural, more than one. I've pondered on the matter at length. How did I acquire the ones I have? It may be attributed to "Nurture." I picked it up by a process akin to osmosis. I was exposed to it frequently and it simply soaked in, through my young skin, or eyes, or ears. I've learned so many of my likes and dislikes that way. I don't care for most bugs, snakes, spiders, bees, skunks, wolves, bears, cougars, large animals of any type, and so on. If you noticed, there is a theme implied in that list. It's related to fear or anything that might do me harm or cause me pain and suffering. I believe most of us feel that same way. It isn't based on anything as specific as color.
Dark clouds or dark skies could mean storms are on the way. Who likes storms? The color red is associated with a warning of some kind. Color affects us in various ways though out our lives. Seems that we human beings can see danger everywhere. We are alert for signs and signals all the time. Most of the time, our reflexes are automatic. We don't need to think about it before we act. It just comes naturally. Fight or flight; you know how that goes.
So, what causes most women of all colors to grow tense and leery of any number of young, black men in situations like being alone on an elevator, or waiting for a bus at a bus stop or walking home on a residential street after dark? Do they react the same to a small group of young white men? Is all that fear related to personal experience or news items on our televisions? Who can say for sure but it is learned via some kind of input into one's life.
I do not know what fate awaits our country down the road but some say all great civilizations are brought down from within. I can understand that kind of thinking. Those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it, some say. I've been in this world for seventy-five years now. I've seen more events over the years that were horrible than I care to recall. I would hate to think we could go through that again. Yet, I look around and see that we haven't learned enough yet. We are not where we should be after centuries of experiences. I wish I had more positive expectations. I hate being one of the glass half empty types; but I am.
I doubt that gathering together and singing "we will overcome" is going to do it. If you have any good ideas, let it be known to those in charge. I can't seem to have any affect on them. Lord knows, I have tried.
GOD BLESS THE USA. He may be our only hope.
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