All things considered this man Mr. Al Sharpton was not only speaking to rappers or the parents that created them he speaks to the entire generation that feels it’s ok to disrespect yourselves and everybody else that we feels it alright to hear the hate and pain voiced through what some call song or music.
Sure a lack of love or spiritual insight goes a long way. The lack thereof has produced just what we have in the world today. But for the people once call out of their names, most now gone, deserve much more than to be forgotten for all they had to endure and overcome negative, hurtful and harmful violence, to hear their children, grandchildren and others diminish their struggle to overcome this type of foolishness.
Has everybody gone crazy or don’t any of you know your history. It was 3 years ago that this story was printed and the issue and the foolishness is still here. Young people can’t see where they are because they don’t know where we’ve been. Words have great power and so does printed and media. It’s also time for those media’s to tell the real story and history behind this issue and stop using Rev. Al or any other person as the issue. The real issue is self respect plain and simple.
■ Prof. Harvey Elwood Jr. Orangeburg, South Carolina is a retired educator of Government. Educated in South Carolina and New York, he served in local and state government, taught in South Carolina and New York at the secondary and college levels, he may be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 803-534-5338