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Time to Reform the Ole Thug Image of Hip Hop.

January 12, 2015 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) One of my mentors asked me why I was so quiet and not making my voice heard in the streets protesting for justice. First, because, I Can’t Breathe. I am still in mourning over all these babies being gunned down by the people who are supposed to protect us. It goes back to what I have been saying all along is the Hip Hop’s Dilemma – the common distasteful physical, emotional and/or mental trauma people are experiencing when coming in contact with members of the Hip Hop community.

I am beginning to think that the Hip Hop Dilemma may need to be classified as a psychological disorder. This is a testament to the power of Hip Hop and its ability to generate transformative energy through the music and lifestyle so much so people could kill us.

The common factor in most of these situations is the victims are all young Black males who resemble a stereotype.  In most cases, a Hip Hop stereotype.  Hip Hop is not the cause but it’s the stimulus that is triggering these reactions.  The images that are created around who and what a ‘thug” in the Black community looks like is drawn from the images usually associated with Hip Hop.

The old expression that “We all look alike” still applies today.  How can someone who is ill- informed about the cultureConscious-Hip-Hop-2014 differentiate between someone who is doing crime and someone who is just dressing to make a statement.  Let’s admit we both need to make some changes in how we roll.

We can clearly see when someone in our community is up to no good vs. someone who is getting jiggy with it.  But can everybody else?  If no one was doing any crime, and no one looked like and carried out criminal activities, then we couldn’t lose.  But I think the part we don’t want to acknowledge  is the element in our community that is giving these people the impression that their lives are in danger.  And that is the common denominator on how they are winning these cases.

The misunderstanding is White America thinks we are ignoring the crime that is going on in the streets and then raising hell about the officers who work to protect the community and ‘accidentally’ kill one of our children. They don’t understand why we don’t protest all Black lives lost with the same vigor we are protesting police killings.  Their question to us is: Why aren’t you raising hell about the 50 people who got killed by their own people between the Eric Garner and Michael Brown verdicts? They lives matters, too.

To some in the Hip Hop community, the deaths of Eric and Big Mike are casualties of war – collateral damage – because they think we are living in a kill or be killed war zone.  Their confusion over our lifestyles generates repressed feelings and these feelings are exploding and creating these situations.  The argument from much of White America is yes we need to fix the police problem, but we also need to fix this Black-on-Black crime problem.  And they are right.

They are using the law against us and we have to be smart and strategic about our moves. The pressing fear has lit a fire, now we are afraid of one another. If we got all this strength in numbers, it’s time to turn to our young men and women in our community and say enough is enough.  Stop the killing so we have a leg to stand on when someone violates a fellow Citizen of Hip Hop.  If we are going to hold everybody else accountable let’s attack the crime problem with the same vigor we are changing the criminal justice system.  Let’s talk that tough talk to ourselves and stop the infighting, selfishness, backstabbing and killing.

We have a clear vision about what fairness in the criminal justice system should look like. Let’s also have a clear vision of  education system. Let’s get our children up to speed to compete with the rest of America. It’s not enough to ask the police to be more understanding of our culture. We need to be more understanding of ours and others’ cultures and more vigilant protecting our children on all fronts. Don’t just tell me Black lives matter, show me.

People have lost respect for who we are as a people; they know our bark is bigger than our bite.  People are not always reacting to our children out of pure racist behavior. Rather, they are reacting because of what they are being trained to think about us. Let’s use this momentum as a spring board for resurrection.  Let’s plan new goals for our community.

Let’s look like we think, and let’s play like we win.

Written By Jineea Butler

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6 Responses to “Time to Reform the Ole Thug Image of Hip Hop.”
  1. jdgwisd says:

    You can’t blame the fruit when the trees are rotten……

  2. jDean, you just proved my point with your response, language and of course brilliance. Be blessed

  3. jDean says:

    @TryingtoUnderstand;
    Bitch, do you remove your white hood before you type your negrophobic shitty shit-shit or do you just cut and paste from David Duke’s shitassed website, you dumb dickless racist biotch.

    1.)Look here my nigger, I got myself two fucking degrees from my local Junior College; one for growing shit, and another for typing shit.Aight?
    I learned how to make tits out of shit on the keyboard that be otherwise fucking useless, (o)(o), see those is some tits for you faggot. Suck on this my nigger <=====O . That's a dick you and your mom can eat, you fucking racist bitch.

    2.)I don't wear no 3 piece suit and horned rim glasses to look like no fucking Orville Niggerbacher, you feel me, you faggot?

    3.)Fuck you.

  4. It’s amazing how often we focus on what we have the right to do, but leave out our responsibility. The article was indicating that some of the responsibility lies with us. We put out an image and our kids are presenting themselves in that light. It’s not because they don’t have the right to dress they way they want, it just that their is a culture that has made “Millions or maybe let’s say Billions” off making our children look like thugs and portray a negative behavior sometimes in the lyrics that we realize is just their way of expressing themselves, but doesn’t carry over to the rest of our population. I get it, but I also know that until we show the importance of education and help our young people especially our men know how to work the system, we will continue losing them to each other. I, like you believe there is a time for everything, but hip hop must take some responsibility in the images they are putting out and balance it with higher educational goals and creating our own job goals as well. I enjoy all styles of music and expression, but I also realize the impact and influence hip hop specifically can have on individuals. I want our kids to be able to walk around expressing them selves anyway they want and to also have the option of putting on that suit and tie and showing their brilliance in the world of business. Let’s stop giving hip hop a “get out of jail free card” and expect them to realize their reach in terms of influence is great and should also be used to support more positive growth and self love.

  5. jDean says:

    Do I have to wear my sundays best to walk to the store , certainly not.

  6. jDean says:

    Great article,but don’t make excuses for white’s stereotypes of black youth. I am 33 y.o now but I used to sag and have a relaxed appearance in public and I am as intelligent and accomplished as it gets. People dress the way they feel comfortable. Are you assuming if we dress in 3 piece suits everyday we will not experience racism. Ask the people of Harlem in the 20’s , did they experience prejudice. Ask Henry Louis Gates, did his smarts, degrees and rank help hip not get messed with by the police. There is a time and place for everything and I dont think hip hoppers and teenagers should forfeit their freedom of expression to please the ignorance of white people who have seen some sharp brothers out there but lump the thugs in as all blacks. They dont have any laws against them dressing in fearful white cloaks, so it should be fair that we can wear whatever we want. Hey I got two ears pierced, dress like a pimp sometimes but thats who I am even though I have two college degrees.

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