by PAULA NEAL MOONEY
Don Imus should not have been fired…at least before these men who call black women a lot worse things than hos are taken off the airways and lose their sponsors, too!
I just watched every single one of their videos and read their words. (Be warned, cussin’ and lewdness abounds.)
I admit, I don’t watch a lot of hip-hop videos any more since they turned so hateful and sex-filled. But checking out the top six videos has me pondering why some folks are so outraged by what Don Imus has said, but not enough to take real action against our own “brothas.”
Compared to them, I really wasn’t outraged by what Don Imus said. I don’t care about Imus.
Like I wrote Manchild (the epitome of a man who respects his wife, KWiz), I’m more outraged by our black men who call black women bitches and hos -- because they -- of all people -- are the ones who should have our backs.
Essence ran a great campaign to fight against this sexist music, and there was that hip-hop summit.
But where is the complete moral outrage that gets this "ho"-spewing music pulled off the air?
Looking within, here’s why I haven’t protested loud enough against the misogynistic rap lyrics out there:
The songs are bumping…
Something in my nature just responds to that deep bumping base, like an ancient African drum rhythm. I like the beat, I just get so disappointed by the words…
Like why I couldn’t get with the Cash Money Millionaires nor Biggie any more…
I was jamming along with his beautiful voice till I got to these lyrics in Show Out:
Some freaks need to be dealt with
Spread 'em and smack 'em backwards
With a stick
I guarantee she'll do what you say
Yeah daddy, no daddy, ok
What a waste of a gorgeous God-given voice…
Some rappers are like our embarrassing cousins…
…that we run into at reunions and funerals, wearing the full yellow suit and matching shoes regalia – and think they’re styling!
A nice understated Hugo Boss suit is lost on them. They are the kind of peeps who pronounce “ask” as “ax” and think we’re all uppity for “talking white.” But we love them anyway 'cause they're family…
Some of these hardcore rappers carry glocks…
…or, they like to perpetrate the myth that they all have a “nina” or AK-47 at the ready. Trying to create an atmosphere of fear is their modus operandi…
It’s part of the code: I can beat down my own mama – you can’t!
Or so goes the misguided theory. Anybody remember Anita Hill against Clarence Thomas? Or the woman who accused Mike Tyson of rape? If any black woman dare diss another black man – especially publicly – look out!
Reasons why we’re total hypocrites if we don’t go after these women-haters with as much fervency as we went after Don Imus:
Because I saw some 8- and 9-year-old black girls in the park shaking it and rolling their little bodies like strippers in broad daylight. That’s when I knew the videos had gone too far.
Of course parents are the front line and can’t let our kids watch that stuff, but “just turn the TV or radio channel if you don’t like it” excuse didn’t hold water for Imus, and it doesn’t hold water for the bad rappers.
When I first heard the “I’m in Love With a Stripper” song I thought it was a joke.
At least groups like Dead Prez offer hope, from what I’ve heard of their lyrics. And they seem to be better spokesmen than Snoop. But there's no excuse.
Because God is stronger than any weapon…
And He is not mocked. How long will He put up with our tomfoolery?
Still, I'm pulling for R. Kelly -- I went to high school with him. I can relate to the demons of lust that dog him. But his time of "flirting" might be up -- or just transitioned to doing it in prison.
And I really like T.I.
But there comes a time to stand up and fight them in Jesus’ Name alone and say:
"No more of this sexist racism against your own sistahs -- the women you derisively call 'hood rats,' the women God calls blessed!"
Let’s all stop the name games and hypocrisy and admit what’s right: Nobody -- Imus nor rappers -- should call anybody else another hurtful name.
What would these men who call a woman a “ho” so readily do if someone called their mother or daughter that?
They could all use a lesson on how to treat a black woman from Robin Thicke.
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