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Best straight-headed ho New York 2007 - Al Sharpton

Speaking of hip-hop, the irreverent Reverend Al Sharpton plans to save the sinful generation by washing out the mouths of all entertainers who use the N-word, disrespect women, and applaud violence for mass consumption and profit. Sounds sweet, but does this mean that the work of N-word kings Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, and Dave Chappelle will be pulled off the shelves? That’s a negative. Big Al's latest crusade is strictly for rappers. After all, what happens in the ghetto is supposed to stay in the ghetto, and rap never understood that. So the media-anointed "black" leader is going after "gutter rap," because it's the reason some white Americans (shout-out to Don Imus) are clamoring for the equal right to say nigga and ho. As usual, Sharpton's motives and timing are suspect; hip-hop-headz are convinced that this attack must have a paycheck or photo op attached to it. What tipped them off? Well, Sharpton was nowhere to be found three years ago when initiatives to clean up hip-hop were at a peak. Remember the "Turn Off the Radio" Campaign, or Essence magazine's one-year focus on misogynistic lyrics, or the female students at Spelman College who went after Nelly for his degrading lyrics? Better late than never, huh? We sincerely wish the reverend luck (rap is wildin' out) and hope he has plenty of soap—because after he cleanses the children of rap, he'll have to move on to the generation that spawned them.
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Harvey Elwood Jr
Harvey Elwood Jr

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 helwood38@hotmail.com or phone at 803-534-5338

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