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Showing posts with label Prison-industrial complex. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Prison-industrial complex. Show all posts

Monday, February 9, 2009

Do Chris Brown Have Street Creds Now?

After reading and hearing about young Chris Brown this morning it got me to thinking. Why? I don't no what took place and that's not what this post about. After,reading a blog in which the author stated that Mr.Brown has street cred now. Whatever, that supposedly mean I don't no.

Any way,
Why is it for many Black and Hispanic youth’s living in some communities, going to jail has become a badge of honor? Why is this such a very puzzling phenomenon? Why is it the stigma of going to “juvenile” used to be shameful, it is now a sign of being “hard” or being “down”? Why is it that so many “minority” youth have become so willing to bide with “doing a bid?”

I know many blame hip-hop culture for this phenomenon, because of its glorification of violence, criminal behavior and glorification of the “thug” lifestyle. However I don't see that as been entirely true. If you think about it young Black and Hispanic men have been incarcerated in America long before there was any such thing as hip-hop music or films to tell the story.

Therefore hip hop culture is only a platform for young people to give their side of the story, not the cause of the problem. Maybe we the people need to looked to hip-hop to search for the answers instead of to blame, we would all be better off. Young Black and Hispanic youth seem to be looking to jail for a sense of structure, family and community which maybe lacking and missing in their homes, schools and neighborhoods. The Prison-industrial complex.


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