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THUG CULTURE CELEBRATES THE WORST POSSIBLE EXAMPLES
Yahoo ^ | May 3, 2008 | Cynthia Tucker

Posted on 05/10/2008 8:32:26 PM PDT by forkinsocket

You've heard of resume inflation? You've heard of people who lie about having Ph.D.s or Ivy League pedigrees in order to get ahead?

The world of thug culture has its own perverse equivalent, in which middle-class men with minor legal transgressions exaggerate their bad behavior, claiming to be hard-core degenerates in order to impress youngsters looking for outlaw role models. In this destructive environment, the more violent and predatory you are, the more heroic you seem.

That helps to explain why a metro Atlanta hip-hop star known as Akon wove a tall tale of malevolence and criminal activity, claiming to have spent three years in prison for running a "notorious car theft operation," a story he's been telling for years. In fact, he has apparently never served hard prison time. A Web site called The Smoking Gun recently exposed Akon as a thug wannabe, a "James Frey with ... an American Music Award."

American popular culture has always had a tendency to romanticize hoodlums, whether Al Capone, Bonnie and Clyde or Tony Soprano. But the hip-hop world's celebration of savage violence, educational failure and misogyny by gangsta rap has been one of the worst influences on American youth, especially black youth, in decades. If you want to ruin a nation, a society or an ethnic group, persuade its members that the highest form of achievement lies in criminality.

Even before the 1980s, when gangsta rap oozed out of downtrodden black neighborhoods, too many black men were marginalized -- unlettered, unemployed, imprisoned. They were already the victims of a fratricidal cycle of violence, predator and prey. They were already disproportionately fathers in absentia, completely divorced from the lives of their children, providing neither material support nor moral guidance.

Indeed, the baggy britches that are now de rigueur in hip-hop circles grew out of jail rituals. When men are arrested, their belts are confiscated, so their trousers tend to droop. It's from that unfortunate facet of ghetto life that the ubiquitous sagging pants were launched.

Proponents of hard-core hip-hop claim that it is an artistic genre that merely reflects those unfortunate realities of underclass black life; they tout it as a pure form of folk art (in its original meaning, arising from the folk, or common people). Countless books and dissertations have disseminated that view.

But folk art has never been so popular -- or lucrative. The worst of gangsta rap has not merely reflected behavior but has also inspired it, much of it lawless and destructive. Its lyrics are paeans to murder and mayhem. It celebrates an outlaw culture that disrespects women, mocks middle-class values and preaches against any cooperation with police in catching criminals.

That's why Akon, whose real name is Aliaune Thiam, made up a criminal history, claiming that he was a carjacker who owned chop shops but was finally brought down because he was ratted out by jealous underlings. You gain respect in thug culture -- and millions of dollars in record and ring-tone sales -- only if you're a bona fide thug.

In fact, Akon's longest stint behind bars seems to have been five months in the DeKalb County jail on a stolen car charge that was later dropped, according to The Smoking Gun. The son of Senegalese jazz percussionist Mor Thiam, he grew up in a middle-class home, spending time in Senegal and New Jersey before moving to an Atlanta suburb.

If black men like Thiam enthusiastically abandon a passable reputation for the notoriety of a prison record, then black America is in serious trouble. If it is better to be an outlaw than to be a teacher or a chemist or accountant, then young black men will continue to go to prison in record numbers. If it is more acceptable to be violent and reckless than to be a responsible father and husband, then marriage will continue to decline in black communities.

While racism remains a potent force in American life, it doesn't hold the malignant power of gangsta culture. The upside-down value system represented by Akon's fabrications is helping to destroy a generation.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: akon; prison; thuglife; thugs
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1 posted on 05/10/2008 8:32:26 PM PDT by forkinsocket
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To: forkinsocket
Cynthia Tucker: the embodiment of a 'stopped-clock-is-right-twice-a-day' Leftist, writing for another dying urban media rag. And the Atlanta Journal-Constipation can't figure out why their circulation is withering. Let them die.


2 posted on 05/10/2008 8:37:55 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Paul Krugman: Conscience Of A Crapweasel. (For lack of a better tagline at the moment.)
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To: forkinsocket
Didn't Vanilla Ice try this back in the early 1990s? It isn't exactly news.

Although... the character Jeffrey “OG Loc” Cross from GTA San Andreas is a perfect example of this. :)

3 posted on 05/10/2008 8:38:30 PM PDT by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: forkinsocket

We’re not far from the call for vigilantism.

Don’t think that was a bad thing, either. It was, in fact, a needed and vital response to evil on the frontier - where gub’mint failed to do it’s job.

Today, even with gub’mint involved in every aspect of our lives, they are increasingly failing to do what is needed in the basic prescribed duties.

The choice will become clearer with time...


4 posted on 05/10/2008 8:40:16 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Don't cheer for Obama too hard - the krinton syndicate is moving back into the WH.)
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To: forkinsocket
Cynthia Tucker is obviously a racist.

This Ho ought to shut her trap and stay in her place.

Yo.

5 posted on 05/10/2008 8:42:15 PM PDT by stravinskyrules (Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don't like, it's always by Villa-Lobos?)
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To: forkinsocket

6 posted on 05/10/2008 8:43:56 PM PDT by robomatik ((wine plug: renascentvineyards.com cabernet sauvignon, riesling, and merlot))
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To: forkinsocket
While racism remains a potent force in American life, it doesn't hold the malignant power of gangsta culture. The upside-down value system represented by Akon's fabrications is helping to destroy a generation.

Yet this very same Cynthia Tucker writes other articles and helps elect people who enable this type of behavior.

7 posted on 05/10/2008 8:45:23 PM PDT by PallMal
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To: WorkingClassFilth
Maybe we need another Title 1 or Title 2 Federal goobermint program to destroy the last grain of black family life in the US, completing the virtual holocaust brought on by the Feds starting with the New Deal and concluding with 'urban renewal"..

That's the ticket.

8 posted on 05/10/2008 8:49:40 PM PDT by stravinskyrules (Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don't like, it's always by Villa-Lobos?)
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To: forkinsocket

And we middle class parents of white teenaged boys are fighting a losing battle against the influence of this unmitigated crap too.

A whole generation of young men are being told by their popular culture that failure is success, the parents who love them and raised them from birth are to be reviled, and women are only useful if they put out.


9 posted on 05/10/2008 8:50:29 PM PDT by Hazwaste (Vote! Vote for the conservative local, state, and national candidates of your choice, but VOTE!)
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To: stravinskyrules

Sooner or later that’ll be the truth. The only thing left to do will be to round the lawless up and put them in camps.

Hopefully, the truth will dawn on the next generation of blacks if enough elders shake off the federal drugs and grow a set.


10 posted on 05/10/2008 8:53:05 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Don't cheer for Obama too hard - the krinton syndicate is moving back into the WH.)
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To: robomatik

11 posted on 05/10/2008 8:54:41 PM PDT by Sundog (Barak Hussein Amoeba; It's all about change.)
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To: forkinsocket

Life imitates art.

12 posted on 05/10/2008 8:55:27 PM PDT by dfwgator (Go Stars!)
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To: forkinsocket
If black men like Thiam enthusiastically abandon a passable reputation for the notoriety of a prison record, then black America is in serious trouble.

That a young black "recording artist" can create the artifice of a thug is purely a financial strategy.

He could care less about his reputation - if he manages to sell a few millions of recordings.

13 posted on 05/10/2008 8:57:11 PM PDT by primeval patriot
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To: forkinsocket

Amazing to hear this from Cynthia Tucker.


14 posted on 05/10/2008 8:58:28 PM PDT by primeval patriot
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To: pnh102

hahaha that’s the first thing i thought of too


15 posted on 05/10/2008 9:00:28 PM PDT by Domandred (McCain's 'R' is a typo that has never been corrected)
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To: WorkingClassFilth
It's a tragedy that blacks and leftists continue to focus on the issue of slavery, when the actual economic and criminal justice plight of todays African Americans is a direct descendant of government attempts at social and urban engineering in the 20th century.

This is indicative of a horrific ignorance (willful or not)of US history.

16 posted on 05/10/2008 9:03:46 PM PDT by stravinskyrules (Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don't like, it's always by Villa-Lobos?)
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To: forkinsocket

Life imitates art and art imitates life.

Last night I saw Lisa Lampanelli who is an insult comic.
She went after everyone, but at one point she addressed this thug culture as well with the most evil jokes IMO.
Here is one of them.

She said, “What do you call a black woman who has had seven abortions? Answer: A CRIME FIGHTER”
OMG we couldn’t believe she said that.

She made jokes like that about everyone else as well, but OUCH she had lots of nerve.


17 posted on 05/10/2008 9:05:42 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: forkinsocket

“Blacks are more racist than Whites.”

- Larry Elder, “The Ten Things You Can’t Say In America”


18 posted on 05/10/2008 9:37:58 PM PDT by Old Sarge (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: robomatik
Violent Rapper "Ludicrous" and Obama:


19 posted on 05/10/2008 9:44:23 PM PDT by Prole (Pray for the families of Chris and Channon.)
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To: Hazwaste
And we middle class parents of white teenaged boys are fighting a losing battle against the influence of this unmitigated crap too. A whole generation of young men are being told by their popular culture that failure is success, the parents who love them and raised them from birth are to be reviled, and women are only useful if they put out.

What is sad about this situation is that when this group of young men fail, there will be little sympathy and no help from the government or civil rights institutions. It's a recipe for disaster.

20 posted on 05/10/2008 11:31:44 PM PDT by TheThinker (Capitalism is the natural result of a democratic government.)
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To: forkinsocket

I cannot express in words how absolutely disgusted I am with “gangsta-rap culture”. Someone please flush it down the toilet...


21 posted on 05/11/2008 12:10:57 AM PDT by EnigmaticAnomaly (Proud member of the largest 'Hate Group' in the USA...The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy")
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To: pnh102
They ALL lie about how many times they “gots” shot and “gots” locked up and how many b*tches they “gots”.

It is ego and the thug game. They don't want anyone to think they are “soft” or someone who can be pushed around.

They unleash their own inner Nietzsche/nazi.

22 posted on 05/11/2008 1:08:02 AM PDT by weegee (Osama Obama claims to have visited 57 states now. Can you say Potatoe Head?)
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To: A CA Guy

Whoopi Goldberg (not her real name) has claimed to have had “6 or 7” abortions. She claims that it is a very serious decision that no woman comes to lightly but she’s repeatedly gone through it and lost count.


23 posted on 05/11/2008 1:09:51 AM PDT by weegee (Osama Obama claims to have visited 57 states now. Can you say Potatoe Head?)
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To: forkinsocket
The world of thug culture has its own perverse equivalent, in which middle-class men with minor legal transgressions exaggerate their bad behavior, claiming to be hard-core degenerates in order to impress youngsters looking for outlaw role models.


24 posted on 05/11/2008 1:26:32 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: PallMal

Yet this very same Cynthia Tucker writes other articles and helps elect people who enable this type of behavior.


Bingo!!! She’ll get back on track next week....not to worry.


25 posted on 05/11/2008 1:40:44 AM PDT by chasio649 (sick of it all)
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To: primeval patriot

It is amazing. But you can see how pervasive this is: a 7 year old black kid here in Florida who stole a car (with help from an older kid) and smashed it up before being caught said he did it because he wanted to “be a hood rat and have fun doing bad things.” That a 7 year old would even use the words “hood rat” is depressing in itself. But the whole idea that is projected by this trash is that bad is good, wrong is right. And the kids pick it up very early (kids of any color who are exposed to it, btw).


26 posted on 05/11/2008 3:37:14 AM PDT by livius
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To: Prole

Who is that on Ludicris’ shirt?

It looks like Mike Huckabee with a hat.


27 posted on 05/11/2008 4:54:25 AM PDT by webstersII
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To: webstersII

It’s Ben Franklin.


28 posted on 05/11/2008 4:59:43 AM PDT by csvset
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To: weegee
6-7 abortions is a horrible thing.
This insult comedian was taking up the topic of the Thug Culture so I brought an example of the outrageous level of jokes she was throwing at all races, genders and religions.

The comedian is white and for three years had only a black boyfriend, so she wasn't really doing race hatred stuff from her heart, she was just being way out there making fun of racism.

One Asian person messed with her in the audience.
She then said, “I like my men like my coffee, not like my urine... SMELLY”.
She went all over the place. Very outrageous.

29 posted on 05/11/2008 1:55:25 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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