Discussion in 'Black People Open Forum' started by panafrica, Aug 29, 2005.
I thought it was the gangsta rap, which a lot of it promotes sex, violence, and drugs that is helping to contribute to the demise of the minds of our youth ??? I have been surfing the net trying to find a picture of this...no luck so far
Nice to see her turning a negativitr into a positive. That was interesting as well as creative in how she's doing it.
like how she making a change in the culture gangsta rap arena of politics
to help youths on a positive wave.
keep it gangster, gangster has negaive and positive meaning.
Always good to at least be doing something and trying something new but maybe she is the wrong person. Does not sound like somebody to look up to.
We should not have to settle for lower standards in a black elected offical, we have plenty of others with higher standards that would better in a leadership position.
<shrug> how often do those with "higher standards" step down to the streets where the mess is to get a "man in the street" opinion of things? sure, some of them "step down" to the mall or to the grand opening of yet-another-strip-mall; but down to the level of the GangStars?
don't matter much what the forced-mindset crowd thinks of her - she's talking/working to/with/about some that most consider throw away. that's the mark of "leadership": taking the risk!!!
Though I applaud her efforts for trying to reach out to the disenfranchised urban demographic, I must frown upon her choice of strategy. Taking the word "Gangsta" and making it into something positive is like spreading chocolate or vanilla frosting on cow manure and calling it cake. No matter how you sweeten the word it still is what it is. She has began her campaign predicated on a lie. Let's look at the word "gangsta". Gangsta which is the slang form of "gangster" means, a member of an organized group of criminals or delinquents. Gangster is derived from the word "gang" which means, a group of criminals or delinquents. Gangsta is also associated with words like "Thug, Hoodlum and Ruffian". These street poets who call themselves rappers are as bad as the enemy. Instead of rejecting the notions or stereotypes placed upon us by the conquering authority, they have embraced, popularized, authenticated and are prospering off the image we have been conditioned to have. Now days the line between art and life becomes blurrier by the second when it come to the gangsta image being portrayed in art and lived in the streets. We further do disservice to our youth by buying into this whole mongrelized, generic, hand-me-down culture that does nothing but teaches us how to be self-serving. We owe our youth the truth. The is the only retirement plan for a gangster is a 6 deep hole in the ground. Gangsta University is behind thirty to forty foot fences layered with razor wire in between. There are strategically placed gun towers. The dormitory is a two man six by eight foot cell sealed in iron bars or gorilla glass. The life of a gangsta is short lived in the street and in reality. However in the media and Hollywood gangstas are now playing golf with Corporate America, Endorsing products and brands and have live mainstream minstrel performances. Much like the politicians what is usually candy coat and made to seen acceptable usually ends up being about money and personal agendas. As for our incumbent mayor, though saturated with good intentions a strategy that harnesses the power of those who could care less about electoral process, pay little to no taxes and who epitomizes moral decay and vanishing family values is a fools errand when it comes to winning an election. Durham North Carolina is the home of Duke University, North Carolina Central University, named the City of Medicine and is home of Research Triangle Park. With all the people aligned with the aforementioned groups the likelihood of her being elected into office is that of the survival of the proverbial snowball in hell. Bulworth will not be happening in the Bull City, but then again stranger things have happened. If there is a positive spin to this it's, even if she's not elected at least she's has our young people involved in the electoral process.
Brilliant analogies brother RF, and excellent observations! I also wonder how many of J-Dub's targeted audience actually vote? Our youth need guidance, this particular segment (the gangsta and wannabe gangsta) especially needs guidance. However the guidance and the direction they need is correction not validation.
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