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CHECK IT-Author Shows Compelling Connection: Companies that Promote Violent Music Also Own Private Prisons

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Author Shows Compelling Connection: Companies that Promote Violent Music Also Own Private Prisons

When you listen to hip-hop music on the radio, you are likely to hear a message that promotes criminal behavior. The artist might glorify a life of selling drugs, then talk about doing drugs. After that, he might talk about robbing, killing and quite a few other things that can land a young person in prison. Young black kids idolize hip-hop artists, who are often the only black media figures that they see besides athletes.

By the time some of these lost youth hit their teenage years, they may have been taken in by the culture. The boys are sagging their pants, maybe where corn rows like their favorite artist. Their slang matches and changes with the artists on the radio, and some of them even carry weapons or sell drugs just like their idols. Pretty soon, many of them are carted off to prison.

On the site, RapRehab.com, the author draws a very interesting connection between the companies that make prisons and those that make music. The author first speaks about a deal that the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) offere to 48 states. The company said that they would buy their prisons with one requirement: That there be a 90% guaranteed occupancy rate. This means that states were going to be expected to do whatever is necessary to ensure that their prisons remain full.

He also points to an anonymous email was sent out to various members of the music and publishing industries where an alleged former executive spoke to a plan in the early 1990s to mass produce violent music to encourage criminal behavior among young black men. While this meeting can’t be confirmed, the music on the radio seems to match the exact influences that the author mentioned in the letter. What also might add some credibility to the author’s assertion is the interesting overlap of ownership between prison companies and media companies.

Ninety percent of what Americans read, watch and listen to is controlled by only six media companies.PBS’s Frontline has described the conglomerates that determine what information is disseminated to the public as a “web of business relationships that now defines America’s media and culture.” Business relationships. Last year a mere 232 media executives were responsible for the intake of 277 million Americans, controlling all the avenues necessary to manufacture any celebrity and incite any trend. Time Warner, as owner of Warner Bros Records (among many other record labels), can not only sign an artist to a recording contract but, as the owner ofEntertainment Weekly, can see to it that they get next week’s cover. Also the owner of New Line Cinemas, HBO and TNT, they can have their artist cast in a leading role in a film that, when pulled from theaters, will be put into rotation first on premium, then on basic, cable. Without any consideration to the music whatsoever, the artist will already be a star, though such monopolies also extend into radio stations and networks that air music videos. For consumers, choice is often illusory. Both BET and MTV belong to Viacom. While Hot 97, NYC’s top hip hop station, is owned by Emmis Communications, online streaming is controlled by Clear Channel, who also owns rival station Power 105.
Here is where the author makes an even more compelling connection. He then explains that companies like Vanguard Group own major stakes of prison companies and media companies at the same time. Vanguard, for example, is the largest stakeholder in the Corrections Corporation of America, and also holds massive stakes media giants as well. According to the author (who cites Bloomberg), Vanguard is the third largest shareholder in both Viacom and Time Warner. Finally, Vanguard is the third-largest shareholder in the GEO group, the second largest prison holding company to CCA.

There are many other startling overlaps in private-prison/mass-media ownership, but two underlying facts become clear very quickly: The people who own the media are the same people who own private prisons, the EXACT same people, and using one to promote the other is (or “would be,” depending on your analysis) very lucrative.
Adding fuel to the fire, the author notes that the CCA and GEO have long lobbied Congressmen to push for stricter laws in order to fill their prisons. They’ve pushed for the “Truth in Sentencing” and “Three-strikes” laws, as well as other initiatives that have led to longer periods of incarceration for inmates.

Likewise, the largest rise in incarceration that this country has ever seen correlates precisely with early-80′s prison privatization. This despite the fact that crime rates actually declined since this time. This decreasing crime rate was pointed out enthusiastically by skeptics eager to debunk last year’s anonymous industry insider, who painted a picture of popularized hip-hop as a tool for imprisoning masses. What wasn’t pointed out was that despite crime rates going down, incarceration rates have skyrocketed. While the size of the prison population changed dramatically, so did its complexion. In “‘All Eyez on Me’: America’s War on Drugs and the Prison-Industrial Complex,” Andre Douglas Pond Cummings documents the obvious truth that “the vast majority of the prisoner increase in the United States has come from African-American and Latino citizen drug arrests.”
The connections made by the author cannot be ignored. If you’d like to read more on this matter, check out this link.

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65 Responses to CHECK IT-Author Shows Compelling Connection: Companies that Promote Violent Music Also Own Private Prisons

  • london5948 says:

    Which country iz da founding father of “capatalism”? America of course…everyting iz the “almighty” dollar.
    The article reflects on the impact of hip-hop and the correlation between incarceration rates influenced by the “lyrics” of hip-hop.
    The glorification of violence is sometimes represented in hiphop, but, not always.
    In conjunction with the article, I believe “hiphop” has influenced the youth of today and more strides have to be made for this genre of music to be completely accepted by the masses.

  • ... says:

    Met the link drop off. I want to know how much does the country profit off of the free labor of the prisoners. Someone told me one time that it was a cycle & it is really the prison system that is growing America (not sure if I said that right) basically the labor from the prisoners…No prison rehabilitates, it is always up to the individual if they are strong enough mentally or positively influenced while incarcerated I find.. but what do I know

  • london5948 says:

    And as for whom owns wat, u have your 2% of the wealthiest, and of course they must have shares in the facilities mentioned. So u will always have dat set of the wealthy owning everything, because nothing is being shared outside of dat “elite” circle.
    Real estate has always been the way to make money in America.
    U own the property then lease it out.

  • london5948 says:

    Good evening met, jmg, jmg crew, bloggers n peepers.

  • Met says:

    evening londyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • Real says:

    Everybody work together to get the most of their business….so these ppl are running a business and crime pays …so the best way is to put it in music…u notice how all a dem go jail at some point and den come back a sing like a bali dem go pon vacay?? because they are selling this destination…so di big chains and cars that are rented and yu hear some big man a tell yu seh di rapper {dem rich} …so di little boy dem turn teef because if dem nuh have it yu can go and get it ……rick ross so poverty a di root of all evil ….and look how far him reach ..di one weh pimp him wife seh nutten nuh wrong wid stealing fi get weh yu want …….So di pickney dem follow and wen dem reach a jail dem haffi stop sing and star dance to a next man music

  • firebrand says:

    The thought that American prisons is overflowing with black men because of rap music is absurd. I wish people would spend more time identifying the real social problems that’s screwing up the black community than propagating nonsense. How about we stop blaming the system and start taking responsibility for own actions? I’m not saying there aren’t systematic efforts to keep black people down, but the truth is they are nothing compared to our very own subconscious efforts to hold ourselves back.

    The real questions we should be asking that will give a better answers for color-skewed prisons are :

    Why can’t we stop killing each other in black communities?
    Why can’t we stop having children we can’t afford?
    Why are we dropping out of high school even though its free?
    Why are so many blacks not completing at least an undergrad degree?

  • Dwrl says:

    @fireband I solely agree with you, Because if that be the case the NYPD IS A BIG PART OF IT AND WHO INFLUENCE THEM BUT THE GOVERNMENT. This is a bunch of crap summed up by the white men to stop cash flow for black entertainers. Who providing the black youths with the drugs, the guns etc,.?? More American men are in prison than foreigners why?? Because their parents full up their heads with f000ery like foreigners come take their jobs etc., the hustler mentality play a big part also. I wouldn’t blame it on the music industry alone, the welfare system etc,. All play a part

  • Real says:

    More evidence was just given to support the statements. In reference to comments made at 7 40pm and 9 03

  • Toni Ann says:

    Night Met, Night Metters

    @Firebrand
    Its like you’re in my head….. i’ve been saying that same thing for E-VER! Some of us black people always blaming the “system,” “the white man,” except for ourselves. cho!

  • Dwrl says:

    If it were true and the entertainers were apart of it, why they too end up in prison for tax invasion etc,. Are you really telling me while they are working for and with the governments they are being taxed by their bosses and being in prisons in their own establishments??

  • Dwrl says:

    It could also be the reason when they do go their careers end when they get out, I’m assuming blackmail. It is rumored all black men go to prison get raped.

  • Toni Ann says:

    The rappers have a choice them naah fi help in the demise of other blacks if they do not want to, if i should believe this then we wouldnt have Nas, Talib Kweli, Erika Badu, Common, Jill Scott and a few others who decided not to join in modern day lynching of blacks, so i aint buying that.
    If Malcolm X did sell us out, he would be alive today, but he didnt, its better to die with dignity dan die a damn spineless coward.

  • Foxy Lady says:

    Why do people that do not read like to talk out of their asses? The article clearly shows the direct correlation between hip hop music and the owners of the prison complex. What is there to discount?
    While you are entitled to your opinion, that opinion must be based on FACTS or it is simply shit.
    The content of HIP HOP music has changed from its intended purpose because the architects understand the potency of music and the impact that images have on the minds of the young and impressionable – so enters BET. With BET masquerading as Black television while owned by white men, they are then able to sell images of promiscuity, guns and glorification of drugs and the fast life to the youths in the inner cities who feel that is their sole way out.
    A perfect example is the title of 50 cents album “Get Rich or Die Trying”, this epitomizes the general mentality. When rappers started wearing their pants under their asses and perpetuating the ‘thug’ image, then all black men followed suit.
    When Puffy pop bottles, they do anything to get the money to do the same, that in itself attests to the power of music and the images associated with it.

    The very same people financing and encouraging this depraved music are the ones who own the private prisons and as such are guaranteed full capacity since the ones who are being led astray by the ‘get rich or die trying’ lifestyle invariably end up being housed by them. At which point they must labor for 28 cents an hour. AT&T makes $40 million annually from inmates collect calls and the list goes on. So any nincompoop who comes on the thread to discount these facts, need to READ a bit more or just shut the hell up.

  • Real says:

    Plantations existed. The cultivation of these plantations depended on slave labour. Slave labour was not established to give the black man work. However, he worked alongside the owners to keep other blacks in line even though he had no rights. At all times where a class system exists there are no pros and cons where the lower class is concerned.

  • Toni Ann says:

    @DWRL
    dwrl…… btw is that true? because i always seh, if mi deh wid a man and him go prison for one damn day, its over….. lol

    Well one thing for sure, most rap music sends one type of message
    going to jail, being violent, selling drugs will gaurantee a successful life and street cred
    all other women are beautiful besides black/darkskin women
    education is not needed becuase hey! look at us
    tattooing your face, entire body, sagging your pants is cool

    and dont get me started on black brands that have black men looking like damn trash, with colorful looking clothing (coogi), oversize clothing (rockawear), and the other silly shit that sell in some of the urban stores.

  • Toni Ann says:

    This is beating a dead horse…………….. all day long its the white man, us black people is all bark and no bite.
    Ok then, its the white man’s fault, since we realize this what now? Every damn day we gonna sing the same damn sad song and do nothing?

  • Foxy Lady says:

    Only a dumbass would ask why do they not graduate when school is free?
    My child does not go to a private school because my property taxes are sky high, therefore all the rich white people in my neighborhood send their kids to our district schools which is A+ and 100% graduation rate. They have top notch teachers, music curriculum and many others while the kids in other neighbors are not allowed in such a school. The system has made it a felony for you to send your child to a school outside your district. This is simply legal segregation.

    In the inner cities, the teachers have to purchase their own school supplies, the children have family and home issues, absent parent, no role models and substandard supplies, no music education and no extra curricular activities. It’s a reason they are termed ‘at risk’ students since there chances of graduation are dim.

    The problem is systemic and no intelligent person would ask such idiotic moronic questions. There are those who make it out and those with the will power and a strong paternal/maternal figure to encourage them on their path, however this is not the norm.

    There are many components to poverty. No one elects to be born in the ghetto and decides I will be be a menace to society. People tend to take the path of least resistance. The answers are not so damn cut and dry as “I came from the ghetto and did it so they can”.

    When these kids have never seen a black doctor or lawyer unless on tv, that is not their reality. When the people they can relate to, are the ones from their ghettos who have made it out selling drugs or becoming a rapper, that is the closest to any reality they can envision or dream of.

  • Foxy Lady says:

    @Real, thank you. What the prison system is, is simply a legal plantation to get free prison labor, still ruin the institution of the family by locking away the fathers and therefore also guaranteeing that their sons will also occupy the prisons as well.

  • Real says:

    unfortunately toni ann that is just a coincidence …………lmao…ppl go hard pon di ad fi sell paper towel…and u tink dem jus do all weh dem a do fi jus nutten …obviously if u nuh have no prison di economy a go way down …..no free labour no body to test anything on …and well no dumb down music and of course liqour sales will be down …and well black ppl would listen to lupe fiasco bob marley nas etc……and well they would just start behaving like wen they first met them ..high and mighty and that cannot hapen

  • Real says:

    they dont get it foxy ….in the school close to me all the special needs kids have a teacher and they use and ipad for effective learning ….when I go to other schools outside of my area ….that is simply not available

  • Foxy Lady says:

    Real, do you know that when I’m home I can log into my daughter’s class and watch her in the classroom?

  • Real says:

    foxy den a who tell yu? raas mi tink everybody did know bout di prison

  • Real says:

    yes it is most private or depending on where they are locate use VOI video over internet fi watch ….for where it is being offered ..but a major ting for ppl who do not have access …..isnt that something ……nuff black ppl live inna certain place so long all dem mind stop explore

  • Real says:

    mi seh wen ppl start seh ..certain women entertainers are successful black women I am very upset …because that is not what success is and to be black and rich u have to be a stripper and show your crotchline bleach ur skin where blond hair and sell the idea of sex to be known as a success that is not success …that is nothing but mockery

  • Toni Ann says:

    @Real
    its not too late to change anthing, once you have life there is hope.

    I just cannot get up everyday being aware of a problem and not do a thing.

    I went through some terrible terrible times with my mom but if i didnt realize my potential, i wouldnt finish high school, finishing college, and on my way to university……. “The blame game” get stale now.

  • Foxy Lady says:

    Toniann, you do realize that there is a vast difference between highlighting the systemic problem and what you term as blaming the white man right?

    Blaming black people when they do not control the resources, they are still asleep and disenfranchised changes anything?

    Do you not understand that people are stating the way that things actually work and are intended to be?

    When does stating facts become blaming anyone?

    You do possess the ability to understand a facts based conversation that transcends mere opinion right?

    And I’m not even trying to be rude here but your insistence that “dem a blame di white man” is mind boggling to me!

  • Foxy Lady says:

    Real, I’ve always liked you!

  • Real says:

    u know what I guess you have to be exposed to reality to know what is fake because everything is relative …foxy maybe it is the interest….u can go and clearly listen to the songs that these ppl are putting out and know the agenda is clear ….

  • Foxy Lady says:

    Maybe if people actually READ they would be able to accept a dialogue in the spirit in which it was intended instead of inserting idiotic opinions that do nothing to further the dialogue. When someone points out that they plight of black people is by no means coincidence but rather a grand design, there is nothing inherent in that premise that indicates that there is blame being placed outside of highlighting how things are actually designed and have fallen into place exactly how they were meant to be by the architects of this country.

    Is that so farfetched a concept to grasp?

  • Real says:

    toni ann I am not blaming anyone ..i am telling you how things are done…regardless of what we think certain ppl determine what others do for eg. there is a law that prohibits drunk driving ..but there is a law that permits the sale of alcohol…there is also a law that states that you can be arrested for public intoxication….however there is no law registering people who are suffering from alcoholism …………

  • Toni Ann says:

    @Foxy Lady
    Whether you’re being rude or not its neither here or there to me, that being said…….

    Yuh just made me remember a convo i was having with my professor where she said, “Some people are so educated they are stupid and lack mere common sense, their heads are always up their asses,” well a you dat.

    Well Im gonna say this, and just this and done….. Everytime someone say something, it does matta weh dem seh, you feel the need to bash dem because they dont share your views, yuh opinions or how you compute it….. what’s the matter you want people praise yuh? Im aware of facts and what it means… you seh black people dont have the resource to do things, when since? we surely have it when its time to bash each other doh? Yuh suh “educated” all patois beneath yuh too…

    Anway, dont go off trying to sound all educated and what not, you act too insane fi me, you just wait fi someone seh something to go off calling them dumb, stupid, blah blah just to make your argument more sensible an yuh suppose to be educated.

    you are batshit crazy, a narcissist, and I dont have the damn time to get on the computer and get confrontational.
    You can reply if you want to, but i wont, a matter a fact i will be dont and over with this post, and from now on i will be a peeper………. I dont like the feeling of being attacked especially when im not the aggressor.
    PLEASE SEE A PSYCHIATRIST ASAP!!!

  • Foxy Lady says:

    @Real, if you have to break it down to that level for her to grasp it, then evidently she is not ready for such a topic.
    Toniann is from the projects and made it out and is to be commended for her innate perseverance and ambition, however, her disgusts for the surroundings she’s accustomed to has clouded her capacity to see the bigger picture.
    At no time did I live in the hood, at one point, I felt they were just born dregs of society, until I understood how the laws and regulations are designed to keep them suppressed. There will be ones that escape, however, the system is not designed for most to, if that were the case, they would have all been in the suburbs. This is how it’s meant to be, this is how it will be and there ain’t a damn thing that will change unless people wake up and acknowledge that everything they perceive as good for them is contributing to their very demise.

  • Met says:

    toni ann whey u mean by u will be a peeper since when tonight? dont do that man because u hardly even comment like that so nuh badda disappear

  • Foxy Lady says:

    @Toniann, Bitter much?

    Your hostility is a bit disconcerting especially in light of the fact that I was merely attempting to have you understand the difference between stating a fact and as you call it “blaming di white man”.

    Clearly, you construed that to be some form of disrespect and to be quite honest, I expected you to. Your inability to tell the difference between the above would indicate that you were incapable of accepting my questions in the spirit in which it was intended. Again, no surprise there.

    Rather than run away from my response, you should have answered the questions I legitimately asked but your failure to do so, again, is no surprise to me either. With that said, I do hope that based on mine and @Real’s comments above, we were able to impart even an iota of understanding to you.

    If that was accomplished, then I sincerely hope to not see you make such a comment in the future.

    Is that understood?

  • Met says:

    Foxy mi nuh understand the last two line a u comment and mi jus a read over ur comments , why people haffi be called out of context – dumbass etc? If di whole a wi read di same book and justify our own conclusion we cannot be considered as wrong because it is our own justified opinion..Someone cant be called dumb just because dem nuh share ur opinion mi love especially when dem nuh get out of line and call u out of ur name..There is no way that can ever be right under no moon no sun or star. Is either one u a go seh well toni ann xyz and counteract with whatever reference is there fi counteract but fi go all seh live ina project and all that now..nuh right none at all..I mean this is a blog and no one fi really log on and then log off like a some battle zone dem ina not at all

  • Foxy Lady says:

    @Toniann, you cannot throw subliminal shots and then act innocent how you are not the aggressor. This is not the first time I’ve made a comment about the way things are and you cry out “dem always a blame di white man” which you repeated above twice. Then further stated, “blaming the white man gets old”.
    At no time did I call you an idiot, my comments addressed to you were all questions in regards to how did you ever construe stating facts to be blaming the white man.

    My comments about idiot was directed to @firebrand’s questions about “why can’t we stop killing each other” etc.
    Those are idiotic questions to me for the answer is not clear cut and the problem is deep rooted.

    And in answer to your comment about me not writing patois? I didn’t know it was a requirement to write patios on here.
    I speak patois, writing it is not the easiest thing for me as I write all day long and patois is not what I write, since it perturbs you.

  • Anonymous says:

    @ Foxy Lady: Is this where you come to validate your intellect? What? Are you here because you have found people you feel comfortable talking down to?! You do appear to have some amount of “book learning” but you, quite obviously, are lacking in grace, class and humility. You were very rude and boorish! Very unattractive traits in a person, no matter your social or educational standing. I bet you think we are all awed by your use of words, don’t you?! Lol… Guurrrlll! Let me share a little secret with you: “it’s the little things that tell!” The way you treat people indicate who you truly are. A true intellect NEVER needs to use his/her knowledge as a battering ram to belittle and debase others. They manage to argue with decency and compassion… THAT’S the best way to get a point across. You could learn a thing or two from Real… Why not as pompous and pretentious as you are, and entirely without the insults, she was able to argue her position more effectively. Get a grip girl! All a dat nuh necessary… Be nice!

  • Met says:

    and mi seh out of context because u really never seh a name but the dumbass thing was way out a di context of the argument no man…but one thing..I jus watch the addiction documentary and just like how di chinese remind demself bout di opium ting and how the british did that to them..and never went back..slavery is reminded to us every single day so if some people nuh waa use dat as means fi push hard then dem will fall ina di system whey mek fi dem fall ina of course but it will always come back to self…at some point we all are weaned from the breast because we have grown enough and gotten bigger than milk..responsibility plays the main role ina black men’s demise

  • Foxy Lady says:

    Met, if one reads an article directly showing the correlation between rap music and the prison system and then says this “The thought that American prisons is overflowing with black men because of rap music is absurd. ”
    I think it’s very dumb.
    Granted, there are many other issues but understanding the underlying impact that rap music and the glorification of the fast life has on the incarceration rates, a thinking person would never say it’s absurd.
    That’s what I called idiotic.

    Why are we dropping out of high school even though its free?
    Why are so many blacks not completing at least an undergrad degree?

    When we blame these disenfranchised youths who are victims of their environments and circumstances and fail to see how the system was set up for this to transpire, how will there ever be any change.
    This is not the first time I’ve commented on our problems and our problems starts with realizing the grand design but every time I say something, someone who is completely clueless as to what’s happening calls it “blaming di white man”.

  • Met says:

    Foxy I dont think Toni Ann’s ”subliminals” were at u it is at society in general but if she comment she can clarify that…mi neva a read too tuff…these things too much fi my brains so mi a watch documentary…plus todeh a nuh no talking day fi mi..really sad day for my family today pan tap a it so mi worse nah go read fi discuss

  • Foxy Lady says:

    @Anonymous, make up your mind? What exactly is it you want from me? Class? Grace? Patois?
    So now there are certain prerequisite for me to visit the site now? Please enlighten me further. Go ahead and tell me which of my bills you’ll be paying this month since you seem to feel there is a way I must be.

    Who reads an article saying the same people who controls the record companies also controls the media and owns the prisons and says that’s madness.

    My tone is abrasive, I’ve never denied that. And I certainly have little tolerance for what I perceive to be dumb.

  • Foxy Lady says:

    Met, it was thrown at me previously. Like you say, you’re watching the addiction documentary, when I spoke of the cia introducing crack cocaine and guns in the inner cities, Toniann was the same one who said I’m blaming the white man. Toniann seem young and seems to me that she sees her immediate situation and judges everyone based on that. I’m speaking of years going back to the early seventies, before I was even born. Things that were done to kill black pride, black panther and the civil rights movement and subsequently real HIP HOP which was meant to uplift our people.

    Anyway Met, feel better and best wishes to your family. Mi have a heated convo bout black people and melanin on my FB to attend to.

  • Met says:

    Foxy mi nuh think a u but anyhow..a black kill black pride…we were taught to do it yes…but we are our own worst enemies as always..memba malcolm x was fighting against martin luther and they both wanted the same thing…we nuh know unity..also as to the cia and di introduction of drugs nuh di same way dem did drop herione ina high white society and most a dem lef di addiction ..we as blacks need fi tek responsibility..if smaddy put di same hole a di same spot how long u a go drop ina di same hole before u realise seh u can jump over it?

  • Met says:

    Let me noT seem one sided yes I have said mi understand why blacks here are like this…because of what ive seen from slavery but ..

  • Anonymous says:

    @ Foxy Lady: NOW you are being a bit silly… Smh. How about: “All of them… Since you have shown no inclination towards any of the three?!!!” Anyway, I’m done with you… Carry on now, Miss Pseudo-intellectual…

  • Foxy Lady says:

    Met as you say bout white left the addiction that’s the same thing they are discussing on my page. It’s our melanin why we are more prone to addiction. I’m in a conversation with a black doctor who does internal medicine, a Harvard presidential scholar and blown away by so many things about us that we are clueless about. All of that goes back to the pineal gland, the same sign you see Jay Z and Beyonce making with the diamond over the eye that people call illuminati. That’s the pineal gland, ancient knowledge.

    So yes, responsibility lies with us and I’m not knocking Toniann in that regard but telling black people who are asleep that, cannot and will not help unless they see the bigger picture. At this point Met, I know you try to do your part in awakening the masses, but I am not so optimistic. I don’t think they can be helped or anything will change.

    It’s been said that it was Farrakhan that had a hand in Martin Luther King’s death, I know the family members of MLK sued the government and won a civil suit that he was killed by the cia in the 90’s, most people are not aware of that. We don’t know unity and loyalty, but all those negatives are legacies of slavery. When it’s gone on for so long, it becomes a part of the DNA. Can it be reversed? I don’t know. I don’t have the answers. However, when I learned of the depth of the rabbit hole I was able to reject popular music, to drop out of everything, to only eat organic to change a lot of what I use to do, which is my hope for others. Though, again, I don’t know if it will ever happen.

  • Foxy Lady says:

    @Anonymous, I’ve been done with you but clearly you haven’t realized that. When you address me, call me Ms. Impervious, will you?

  • Met says:

    part of our struggle is embedded in dna of course because a nuh one not two black people ina 20 place act the same…di behaviour universal

  • ... says:

    Night, quick peep! But question why must it always go left?

  • Foxy Lady says:

    When people understand that the government invests billions of dollars in think tanks to control social engineering and that nothing is just as it appears, they will no longer blame black people for the way they are, but rather sympathize with a people that are responsible for civilization, for all the knowledge that was stolen and passed off as European. Mi nuh believe in the devil as a person but there are some very dark, devious forces at work. The worst part of it is that our own are being used against us. They take a select few, give them superstar status and use those to lead the rest astray.

    It’s no coincidence that as Lauryn Hill is facing prison time she’s handed a million dollar contract with Sony. Lauryn Hill, the same person who turned her back on the music industry and refused to sell her soul, is now forced to to save herself from going to prison.

    This is no joke so black people need to wake up and realize it’s better to go mop the streets and climb out from there because the system was designed to send them to prison.

  • Dwrl says:

    @foxy lady you come off very ignorant. I guess it’s facts because you are living it. THOSE “ghetto” YOUTHS SINGING OR RAPPING ABOUT WHAT THEY KNOW THE LIFE THEY SEEING THEIR PARENTS LIVE, MOM HOEING SLEEPING WITH UNCLE TOM, DICK AND HARRY KNOWN AS HER “FRIENDS” WHILE DADDY GET SHOT DOWN HUSTLING ON THE CORNER OR IN JAIL PEELING POTATOES OR MAKING TIRES. I WOULDN’T HAVE ANY FACTS ON THESE TOPICS FOR ONE I NEVER GREW UP IN THE GHETTO, TWO I DON’T KNOW ANYONE WITH THE GHETTO MENTALITY. THE ONLY WAY TO SURVIVE IN THIS COUNTRY IS TO DROP OUT OF SCHOOL GET A JOB AS A RAPPER OR BECOME A DRUG DEALER. I SEE YOUR HITTING HOME ON YOUR END WITH OUR IDIOTIC COMMENTS. ATLEAST WE CAN SEE YOU ACTUALLY GOT AN EDUCATION HOPE YOU TOOK ADVANTAGE OF IT AND MOVED OUT THE SECTION 8 APARTMENT IN THE PROJECTS DAMN RUDE. THAT’S THE THING WITH BLACK PEOPLE THEY ONLY HAVE STRENGTH FOR THEIR OWN BLACKS WHILE THE WHITE CHEW THEM UP AND SPIT THEM OUT

  • Dwrl says:

    Why is it only a certain set of black people filled the prisons?? It’s the mindset. Certain school don’t have certain things because the parents do put in the time and energy as other parents in other school to make sure their children receive the quality education as others. Most don’t even attend a parents teachers meeting. Excuses excuses

  • Dwrl says:

    The system weren’t design to send anyone to prison. AFTERAL what kind of world would it be with a bunch of criminals running around?? Once in a while an innocent person may end up in prison but the rest are no saints. SINCE YOU SPEAK FACTS PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY GHETTO PEOPLE CELEBRATE SOMEONE COMING FROM PRISON BUT TURN A BLIND EYE TO THE PERSON RETURNING FROM COLLEGE?? You are the one that need to realize the true reality.

  • firebrand says:

    @Foxy lady….Why have you turned this into a trace off? You called my comments “dumb” and I’m really not offended in the slight bit. I’d rather be “dumb” and think I control my own destiny, and be responsible for my own actions rather than be an “educated fool” and believe every problem in my life is by the design of some larger system.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Firebrand, I happen to agree with everything you said in your first post. Pay no mind to Foxylady. She tends to believe in every conspiracy theory that permeates the blogosphere.

  • damn this post is hot!!! be nice ladies

  • @london5948 capitalism came to America [RE: Adam Smith and his contemporaries]. At any rate, why would we be surprised at a country that brought us COINTELPRO and the Tuskegee Experiments?

    Those who are in the know, are well aware of the fact that if most rappers were conscious beings, they would not be receiving much air play.

    It has been said before, Jews[pseudo] , gays and quasi-gays run the music industry. These so-called Jews are the invisible hand(s) that are driving our capitalist markets [The System] and along with homosexuals will buy&sell [promote] anything that is not so-called anti-semitic of anti-homosexual.

    Check the levels people, don’t be surprised at the notion that the government would be complicit in the demise of minorities [crack and guns in the inner cities]. You can’t conduct legitimate business in this country unless your business is sanctioned by some sort of governmental body…

  • Seriously, why are these people attacking Foxy Lady? I am really befuddled by the notion that the ones would seek to castigate a person who is attempting to enlighten the ones…

    It would be wrong to deny the fact that black people contribute to their problems. However, we would be remiss if we were to deny the root causes and the many catalyses that are directly responsible for our predicament.

    The Prison Industrial Complex and the Military Industrial Complex are real people–not to mention the Pharmaceutical Complex.

    There is a drug for everything, when minorities and whites commit the same crimes, minorities are sentenced at a greater length, and Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, et al are in the business of over weaponizing America.

    Wake up and live people. When the revolution comes, blacks will be disarmed and cornered; while whites from the suburbs will be heavily armed and ready to vanquish up minorities…

    Foxy Lady, those who are myopic and not objective will never see your worth–carpe diem empress… When armed with reality, we can afford to entertain hypothetical pseudo intelectual white-washed deification…

  • Met says:

    why?

  • Tawkchuet says:

    But how this person know say the ppl dem a Rastafarian n all know where n if said person would be accepted by society smh Wat vile n wicked hearts men have unnu fi behave u don’t agree with someone’s stanch talk ur talk but don’t bring no discrimination and prejudice into things

  • Met says:

    uncalled for chuet smh

  • Tawkchuet says:

    Very smh

  • Met says:

    ok removed… no problem

  • Tawkchuet says:

    But see it yah now dem ask u fi take it down shame much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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