That’s Right Nate

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Has Hip Hop Culture Gone Too Far?

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To hear Doctor Henry Louis Gates of Harvard University tell it, the police are out to get innocent people because of their race or ethnicity.  I can tell you from personal experience that isn’t the case.   In my younger days, I was no big fan of the police.   I would look at the extreme disproportionate percentage of white collar crime prosecutions against white men and feel I was being profiled.   I’d see cops looking at me as I was driving and I believed they thought if push came to shove I would attempt to bribe them.   A couple of years ago, I made friends with a cop and learned that wasn’t really the case at all.  It was all in my head.

One thing that is left out of news stories on the Gates case is that he didn’t actually own the house.   He was living there, but the house was actually owned by Harvard University.  I have to wonder what harm he might have caused had the police not arrived in such a timely manner.  Gates makes a big deal about the fact that he walks with a cane, but I have seen enough movies to know that canes can be used as weapons, and can be used to carefully conceal a poison tip or even a sword.  I have no doubt that the arresting officer was probably fearing for his life.

What the Africcan-American community has to understand is that the myth of racial profiling doesn’t excuse their own culpability.  The obvious reason that such a higher percentage of African-Americans are in jail compared to whites is hip hop culture.   One has to wonder if a 73 year old disabled college professors is breaking into homes, just how far this sick culture of fight the police has worked it’s way into black America.  Did Dr. Gates get his home invasion idea from rap groups like Public Enemy or NWA?  Most assuredly.

CNN is airing Black in America 2 tonight despite the fact that they have yet to air White in America 1.  I hope they will address this culuture of lawlessness, but I doubt it.   To African-American parents I urge you to not allow hip hop music in your house.  Give country music a try.  It’s as Ameircan as that Lee Greenwood song God Bless the USA and even Hootie is giving country a try.   Did you know there’s even a country rapper named Cowboy Troy?

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  1. From what I understand, Dr. Gates believes that because he is on PBS regularly, he should be afforded extra rights. I got into an argument with a police officer once over a parking ticket, and ended up getting two more tickets. Why? And why wasn’t it national news? The President must have been too busy to comment on it. I can’t even get on the news because I’m white. Tavis Smiley won’t return my calls.

    wrecksracer

    July 25, 2009 at 2:00 pm

  2. Anybody on PBS should know better. Nobody on Sesame Street would argue with a cop.

    thatsrightnate

    July 25, 2009 at 2:33 pm

  3. See, that’s a good example of the racism that surely exists in America. A black person like Dr. Gates is a doctor with a PhD, while a brilliant white man like Nate is… uh, I don’t know how to complete this sentence.

    Lola

    July 25, 2009 at 3:13 pm

  4. Thanks for noticing Lola

    thatsrightnate

    July 25, 2009 at 11:21 pm

  5. Nate is the proud holder of an honorary Associate’s degree from Eugene Sawyer Community College. But, that doesn’t give him permission to block my messages.

    Steve

    July 26, 2009 at 6:26 am

  6. There’s a black country music star so if black kids want to start getting into that there’s already one role model. Or was. I don’t really keep up with country music. If he’s still working Charlie Pride must be around Professor Gates’ age now. Also if he’s not still working. Of course, they didn’t tell anyone he was black until he had a few hits under his belt, but by the sixties they were even letting him be on TV just like a white guy. What a country!

    zenyenta

    July 26, 2009 at 9:13 pm

  7. Great to see you Zen!

    Kiss an angel good mornin’ and let her know you think about her when she’s gone.

    thatsrightnate

    July 26, 2009 at 9:31 pm

  8. Most people realize that during a confrontational interaction with a police officer, only one card may be played. Professor Gates was apparently unclear on this rule, and violated it by attempting to play TWO cards: the race card and the do-you-know-who-i-am card. (He strategically reserved his I-carry-a-cane card for the later high-stakes Media Round.)

    Unfortunately, Officer Crowley had no choice but to call him on the two-card violation and put him under arrest.

    gina

    July 27, 2009 at 11:30 am

  9. Woo Hoo! Glad to see you posting Gina!! Thanks for that NPR link too 🙂 As for your comment, that’s why I never play with a full deck.

    thatsrightnate

    July 27, 2009 at 1:29 pm

  10. Gina wins the post of the day!

    I’m going to add to the Black Country Music appreciation by noting that DeFord Bailey was the first Black County star. He played harmonica on the original Grand Old Opry for years, and was quite popular, despite the fact that he was forced to play behind the curtains or just off stage.

    wrecksracer

    July 27, 2009 at 1:53 pm

  11. But could he play chicken with the train? Play chicken with the trai-ain? A lot of great black blues and R&B artists from the South grew up on country because it was all they could get on the radio.

    thatsrightnate

    July 27, 2009 at 2:37 pm


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