Friday, January 28, 2005
Wave Of Mutilation: A Belated 2 Cents on Hot 97
Sorry for being quiet this whole week, especially with the tsunami fiasco going down. I've been doing set-up work for the book and a bunch of meetings around hip-hop activism.
First I just want to send a shout out to our tireless and indefatigable man, Jay Smooth. He's the one who first alerted all of us via email, and blog, weeks ago about Miss Jones' idiocy. And he's taken it to them, again and again.
Now, I'm gonna say this and please don't be mad or take it out of context. People, the level of heat that yall brought to Hot 97 is wonderful.
But now can we talk about who is making your shoes and your sweats? Can we close down hip-hop fashion sweatshops?
Can we channel this energy toward an honest dialogue about how racism in the media and the country affects Asians and Blacks?
Can we move on the post-Powell FCC and force them to demonopolize the media so we don't have be hearing dumb shit across the board?
Can we stand up to the folks who are just hankering for a way to launch a backlash against hip-hop radio?
Can we get together to shut down the real assholes who are sending us back decades in time--Bush, Rice, Rumsfeld, Gonzales?
Look I realize I might sound like a gotdam hippie saying all this, but yo, I for one worry that a lot of this rage is just pure bloodlust, some old let's-go-see-the-5pm-execution-in-the-town-square, while all the real criminals are still out there.
Tell me I'm wrong. Or better yet, tell me how we now get to the real criminals. Alright?
posted by Zentronix @ 11:24 PM
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