I know after reading the title of this blog your mouth and eyes are wide open with the OMG expression. Well let me explain my feelings on why I say and feel this way. During the A&E suspension of Duck Dynasty’s Phill Robertson I saw an out-cry of not only Duck Dynasty fans but also the Political and Religious right, all stating how suspending Phill Robertson from the show was a strike at our freedom of religion and free speech.
To be clear, I’m not surprised at the comments of Mr. Phil Robertson not by a long shot. It is Mr Robertson’s belief that while Blacks in this country were forced to pick cotton under the threat of having the flesh ripped from their bodies from the whip of their oppressor, we were in fact somehow happy because we were singing in the fields. To be fair he stated he never saw blacks miss treated EVER living in Louisiana prior to the civil rights movement. Mr Robertson also believes that men should marry girls when they are 15 - 16 years of age.
These are “christian and American” values that conservatives like Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Sara Palin and others stand shoulder to shoulder with. These are the values conservative groups rallied behind to get put back on the air. Even with all of these disgusting values, the outcry from the religious right was so widespread that A&E canceled the suspension and brought this statutory rape thinking, bigot back on the air?
Well, that’s fine as long Hip-Hop gets the same playing field. Remember when Buju Banton made the record Boom Bye Bye? and stated that his reason behind the song was that homosexuality was a sin in his religion where were these religious groups that came out to support Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion? no where to be found. When Shabba Ranks was blasted and black balled from making music based on his stance on homosexuality, there was no support for these same freedoms from our political and religious groups.
To be 100% clear, although I do not side with homosexual acts nor am I homosexual, I do believe in civil rights of all people and yes that includes marriage equality. And I don’t believe that any group of people should be demonized, ridiculed, attacked or discriminated against based on their personal lifestyle.
All I am saying is that if we are going to ban and discredit the hip-hop community and its citizens for their social and religious beliefs then those same censorship practices should apply across the board. It does bother me that a host of religious and political leaders fight to bring a man back to network television that preaches and believes that it is okay for a grown man to Marry a 15 year old child. What does that say about the future of Statutory Rape legislation for our country when our law makers things this is a messenger worth fighting for.
To sum up this article of thought, I challenge all political and gun rights conservatives to come to the rescue through fund raising, rallies, and moral support for any rapper that is victimized for making songs that underline their rights to bear arms, or express their “christian” values that may offend others. The same way they came out for George Zimmerman I’d like to see that same support for 50 Cent. The way they came out in support for Duck Dynasty that same support had better be extended to Love and Hip-Hop or House Wives of Atlanta.
I know this will NOT happen as the level of hypocrisy is astounding when it comes to people of color. Again, this is NOT a anti-gay article and I am not in anyway expressing that it should be okay for hip-hop artist to make derogatory comments against homosexuals nor is this a anti Phil Robertson article. This write-up is solely about the leveling the playing fields.
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