8 Mar 2014

Institutional racism, not hip-hop, is why many blacks are held back


Are many black Americans living in bad situations because they listen to hip-hop and watch basketball? Or is it because of institutional racism that is holding them back? Well, Bill O'Reilly seems to think it is because of the former.

Last Friday, O'Reilly said on his show that it is because of "gangsta culture" that black youth are being held back in society; that the likes of Jay-Z and Kanye West, and the basketball players with tattoos are bad role models for these kids. But are hip-hop entertainers really to blame?

Because I'm pretty sure that the failed education system, where schools in poorer neighborhoods don't have enough funds for good teachers and resources, has a bigger effect. I'm also pretty sure that the ridiculously low minimum wages, where many parents are forced to work multiple jobs in a day instead of spending that "overtime" to watch their kids, has a bigger effect.

As well, I'm pretty sure that the unjust incarceration of young black males and the war on drugs, where the discriminatory police are using stereotypes as a basis for who to arrest, has a bigger effect.

If you haven't caught on already, I'm pretty sure it's institutional racism that is the root problem for the oppression of blacks in America, not hip-hop culture.

So, sorry Bill, but you are wrong.







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