John McWhorter: “Violence, misogyny and lawlessness are nothing to sing about.” City Journal Not a very deep article, and not a very new message even from an African American intellectual (an old-fashioned one who continues to refer to his subjects as “black”). Who is going to read this message? Probably not the artists themselves; more likely only academic apologists for hip hop:
Anyone who sees such behavior as a path to a better future—anyone, like Professor Dyson, who insists that hip-hop is an urgent “critique of a society that produces the need for the thug persona”—should step back and ask himself just where, exactly, the civil rights–era blacks might have gone wrong in lacking a hip-hop revolution. They created the world of equality, striving, and success I live and thrive in.