WSHH wrote, “Cant we all just get along”
Alina Lane replies to WSHH:
“Yeah when black men start defending their women instead of putting us down.”
KnutesNiche replies to Alina Lane:
Have you ever wondered why, during the 60s talented Motown musicians wrote lyrics expressing their love, admiration and fondness for women?
Yet less than a generation later, my Motown friend’s children and grandchildren were writing rap hip hop performance lyrics characterizing women as B-dogs and broom riders, or less than human creatures not deserving of respect?
Alina, what’s up with that? Why the change in attitude toward women during the generation following the civil rights era when my Motown friends were making me, my friends and neighbors smile and dance to their sounds?
Alina Lane replies to KnutesNiche:
“How am I suppose to know?
I was born in 1994. I enjoy music from the 60’s & almost all old school music. But in my generation all I seen is black men always belittling black women & degrading is. The whole already hates us & to have black men add to that. That’s fvcked up.
Knute replies to Alina:
Alina, the roots of disrespect some or many black men and women show for each began growing in the 60s, when well-intentioned social program designed to help victims of human ignorance known as racism allowed people, mostly single moms to build families before acquiring skills, maturity, PATIENCE and the means to independently care for their developing children.
Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter, born in 1969, and Tupac Shakur, born in 1971, are examples of men born during America’s post civil rights era, both are men who resent their moms and/or dads for introducing them to a life of poverty, a life that caused them struggle and experience hardship that caused them to become depressed children.
A seriously emotionally depressed Tupac writes about waking in the morning with thoughts of suicide suicide in his ‘That Just The Way It Is’ rap. In his ‘Dear Mama’ rap he writes about loving/hating his mom, and despising his dad for the life of hardships they introduced him to.
In his Brooklyn’s Finest rap Shawn Carter indirectly reveals the child abuse/neglect he experienced when he writes about selling harmful drugs to his neighbors and using his Mack_Milli automatic firearm to protect his Marcy Houses drug operation and cause fear to peaceful people living and working in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Alina, I was a Brooklyn cop during the period Shawn raps about selling drugs and shooting people. This is not comic book fantasy Shawn raps/writes about, they are his personal experiences with child abuse that leads to violence.
I witnessed the fear, emotional and physical damage Shawn writes about him and his crew/gang of depressed, angry, frustrated friends causing to peaceful people. All this damage was caused because Shawn’s mom irresponsibly allowed him to run wild, harming, and sometimes killing their neighbors.
If Tupac’s raps are not convincing enough, please read the January 20, 2011 LAWeekly interview with 2015 Grammy Award winner Kendrick Lamar which Kendrick says:
“Lamar’s parents moved from Chicago to Compton in 1984 with all of $500 in their pockets. “My mom’s one of 13 siblings, and they all got six kids, and till I was 13 everybody was in Compton,” he says.
“I’m 6 years old, seein’ my uncles playing with shotguns, sellin’ dope in front of the apartment. My moms and pops never said nothing, ’cause they were young and living wild, too. I got about 15 stories like ‘Average Joe.’?”
In a October 2012 LAWeekly interview Kendrick reveals:
“My school was a 10-minute walk from where I stayed. I was in first grade, and my mom walked me there and said, ‘I want you to walk home by yourself.’ And I was, like, ‘You gonna be at home?’
She was, like, ‘Yeah,'” he remembers.
“That was my fear, that she wasn’t going to be home.” Sure enough, he arrived to an empty driveway. What he takes from this story, however, is a lesson: Don’t rely on someone always being there for you.
Alina, if I had not witnessed on a daily basis with my own eyes the emotional abuse/neglect/maltreatment Kendrick speaks about, I would have difficulty understanding and empathizing with Kendrick.
Though I have seen the damage kids sustain when their moms irresponsibly introduce life into our world and then proceed to emotionally damage developing life by failing to provide adequate emotional support and guidance to their children.
In other words, Alina, there is a population of American moms who need to do a much better job of raising their kids if we expect them to begin writing music praising and loving women, as my Motown friends did in their music.
Alina, most all my civilian co-workers were moms living in this Brooklyn community. In my opinion they were competent at their jobs in the precinct house, and caring, competent moms who were burdened with the stresses of preventing their children from being influenced by the depressed, emotionally damaged kids running wild and disrupting their children’s education in school.
Alina, kids born post civil rights had a lot of human ignorance to deal with as they tried to develop into peaceful, fairly happy teens and adults.
First, kids like Shawn, Tupac, Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Cordozar Broadus Jr.(born October 20, 1971), O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson, Sr. (born June 15, 1969) had to deal with emotional stresses of being part of an American population emotionally damaged by slavery and racism.
Then these young children had to deal with being raised and nurtured by depressed caregivers themselves dealing with the profound effects of being disrespected and treated as less than human by a small population of wealthy Americans who selfishly fed propaganda to an ignorant/unenlightened American public. Propaganda promoted by so-called educated Americans who informed a population of ignorant, poorly educated people of a new, developing nation that black people were inferior humans, therefore treating them poorly was acceptable.
Until recently I believed racism was one of many human ignorance we naively embraced as our human species evolved.
However, after watching a one-hour and twenty-minute lecture in which researcher Dr. Joy DeGruy talks about the investigation into violence she conducted for her book, “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing (PTSS),” I have questions as to whether or not racism is a human ignorance, or a tool of deceit created by America’s forefathers to justify slavery and treating black people as less than human, much like many of today’s rappers and hip hop performers characterize their black brothers and sisters in their performance lyrics.
Alina, I became sad and angry listening to Dr. DeGruy describe the horrible acts some Americans engaged in to further demonize slaves in the minds of less educated Americans who witnessed the emotional and physical abuse slaves experienced.
Though my anger was tempered by the fact there were many Americans whose natural compassion, empathy and intelligence told them slavery was wrong. Many Americans calling themselves Abolitionists, placed their reputations and in many instances their lives at stake to save their fellow human beings from the emotional and physical damage they experienced by being treated as less than human or people not equal to other Americans compassion and respect.
Alina, if you watch Dr. DeGruy’s entire presentation I have few doubts that you too will become angry. It is quite natural for most human beings to be horrified when learning about fellow peaceful humans being harmed and/or treated as less than human.
Hopefully your anger will be tempered knowing our society, aka human species, has evolved, actively addressing our past human ignorance by creating laws to educate and protect people from human ignorance.
Another aspect of Dr. DeGruy’s presentation that enlightened me was talk about “Cognitive Dissonance” and it’s effects on human thinking and development.
On my WordPress pages I write about what I learned from Dr. DeGruy, using my “common sense” that Dr. DeGruy speaks about, to relate how Cognitive Dissonance affects today’s adult and developing Americans.
Particularly kids like Kendrick Lamar who in their elementary school classrooms are being taught peaceful values and to respect their neighbors, while in their homes they are being taught or exposed to values that deprive them of experiencing the safe, happy life the media and TV tell them a majority of their American classmates experience.
The mind-harming lessons many of today’s developing children are learning in their home environments is the reason many teens and adults are creating raps characterizing females as “witches and bhores,” or less than human people, people not deserving of respect.
Sadly, modern day slvve masters, beginning with but not limited to record producers/promoters like…
James “Jimmy” Iovine (born March 11, 1953)
Marion “Suge” Knight, Jr. (born April 19, 1965)
Sean “Puff Daddy”, “Diddy”, “P. Diddy” John Combs (born November 4, 1969)
Shawn “Jay Z” Carter (born December 4, 1969)
Curtis ’50 Cent’ James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975)
Kanye Omari West (born June 8, 1977)
…have no interest in speaking about the child abuse/neglect Kendrick was bold enough to share with his fans. These men became famous and wealthy promoting rap hip hop performances that demean other black teens and adults, as well as characterizing females, aka moms, sisters, grandmas and daughters, as less than human “witches or bhores.”
As far as these rap hip hop producers are concerned, it is in their best interests to promote propaganda that “whitey” continues preventing many of our black American friends, neighbors and co-workers from thriving and flourishing in our society.
The marketing strategy and philosophy in Rap Hip Hop industry/world is to incite children, teens and young adults..incite anger in developing children, keep our growing population of younger fans angry by inciting more anger…and they will purchase our Rap Performance American Art products.
The same applies to older black Americans who were kids when the painful stings of racism affected their lives, preventing them from experiencing the safe, relatively happy lives they witnessed most American kids and adults enjoying.
I appreciate educators, authors, doctors and researchers educating today’s society about our past, describing how human ignorance/racism personally harmed them, a population of American people and our nation.
However, when reading and listening to these older Americans who experienced the struggles caused by racism, I witness very few writing or talking about healing.
Even Dr. DeGruy who in her video-taped lecture speaks about healing, does not offer a method for easing the wounds of racism. Though like many older Americans who were affected by pre-civil-rights ignorance, I can sense their lingering anger and resentment.
I understand residual anger and resentment. Employing the human empathy my parents, community and educators schooled me to embrace (sometimes through discipline) I too would feel resentment toward anyone I believed willfully stifled my freedoms and opportunity to pursue and enjoy my peaceful vision of Life, Liberty and Happiness.
Though much like the rap hip hoppers and their promoters/producers, many Americans who speak and write about the racist human ignorance of our past have have an economic incentive to keep the dwindling flames of racism flickering.
Alina, in the early 90s Tupac rapped about the childhood pain his parents and community caused him to experience. In 2011 and 2102 Grammy Award winner Kendrick Lamar, communicating in plain English, told a reporter about the child abuse his parents and neighbors subjected him to.
Alina, why is nearly everyone in our society ignoring the clear, unambiguous descriptions of child abuse Tupac and Kendrick lament they were victims of during critical periods in the young lives?
I mean Holy Smokes, what more do these men and many other American rappers who directly or indirectly describe in their lyrics being victims of or witnessing child abuse, have to do for OUR society to hear them?
Alina, when Kendrick was a child witnessing the madness around him, knowing it was wrong, he felt helpless, unable to voice his opinions about ending the madness his teachers told him, and in his heart, he knew was wrong and harmful. Madness that prevented him, his siblings, neighborhood friends, elementary and JHS classmates from experiencing a safe, fairly stress and cognitive dissonance free childhood.
As an adult Kendrick found his voice and in January of 2011 he revealed the torment and depression his parents, extended family and neighbors caused him to experience. Torment that causes many children to develop into teens and adults who often express their anger, frustrations and resentment bu committing harmful anti-social acts against the peaceful neighbors and communities. Much like a young Baltimore teen who was irresponsibly introduced to a life of hardship and struggle by Baltimore mom and grandmother Toya Graham.
Alina, do you have an opinion for why Ms. Graham’s son and dozens of his classmates engaged in acts of depravity and violence against the people trying to protect his mom and sisters from the anger and frustrations of children born to immature women who make irresponsible choices when building their families?