Why did it take Don Imus to ‘wake up’ Al Sharpton and the hip hop community?

Posted by: ST on May 4, 2007 at 9:45 pm

I was just reading this story in the NY Daily News about how Al Sharpton is on a crusade of sorts now to get record companies to stop allowing the use of the “b” the “n” and the “h” words in rap music, and my first thought was, “Wow, look at Al Sharpton – he’s actually doing something to really help the black community for a change.”

Then I thought about it some more, and realized that Al Sharpton’s not really in this to help the black community. He’s in it to help himself. In light of the criticism that rap musicians have come under in light of the Don Imus ‘controversy‘, he’s trying to maintain his ‘credibility’ with the mediots by acting like he’s trying to do something about it, while at the same time aiming his rhetoric not at the artists who write and produce this garbage, but at the record labels who sell it. Just like ‘hip hop mogul’ Russell Simmons, Sharpton would rather target the white fat cats sitting in the big chairs than condemn the rappers who write and produce the garbage, as if it’s Sony’s fault that rappers write what they do. Mind, I’m not saying that the corporate suits at the music labels don’t bear some responsibility, but the lion’s share goes to the people who write it and get away with it.

Take a look at the below interview, which was broadcast last month on CNN. Soledad O’Brien is interviewing Sharpton and KC Star columnist Jason Whitlock, who was and still is the voice of reason in the black community on where the real problem is (IOW, he knows Don Imus isn’t the real issue). In the video, take note of how Sharpton says that he and his “National Action Network” have been after hip hop music for the ‘last couple of years’ to ‘clean it up’ yet says that Imus’ remarks and firing were just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ compared to what he wanted to do next. Oh really? Going to call for the firing of all rappers who produce and rap violent misogynistic lyrics, Al? I think not. According to you, it’s only ‘appropriate’ to have someone fired or forced out if they are white and/or Jewish and say something ‘offfensive.’

Also take note of how he dismisses Whitlock’s criticisms of him at the end by saying, essentially, that those who aren’t in the fight are always trying to call it, as if Whitlock – a black man who has strong opinions on the issue – isn’t in the ring battling!

The message from Al is: “Unless you’re on board with my message, you’re not a part of the battle.”

BTW, Reverend Al, do you know how long controversy has existed in rap music? Longer than a ‘couple of years.’ Where were you? Oh wait, I know where you were and what you were doing. There was hardly time to criticize rap music when there was race and Jew baiting to be done!

In the meantime, there ARE people out there who know just how to target thuggish, misogynistic rappers like Akon – and win.

Time for you to take some notes, Rev.

Never forget.


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7 Responses to “Why did it take Don Imus to ‘wake up’ Al Sharpton and the hip hop community?”


  1. Jonathan says:

    I’ve enjoyed your blog…some great writing, great sources, and great insight. Keep it up.

    In regards to the post:

    I am getting fed up with our cultural acceptance of the poison most rap singers spew on a daily basis. It’s the most disgusting yet accepted form of entertainment we have possibly ever dealt with. I don’t have anything against the sound…I love the beat! But the lyrics are filled with hate and evil. In some ways, I don’t care who stands up against it. But with this guy, I do.

    The problem with Sharpton is he wants to control the market rather than change lives. Instead of attempting to change the outlook of those that continue to fund the hate mongering “artists” he would rather just blot them all out. And that isn’t right. Let capitalism take its course, as it should have with Imus. And don’t even THINK about trying to get the government involved…lest we all lose our speech for offending anyone.

    Your blog might even dissapear if THAT were to happen ;D

  2. Syberyenta says:

    “Then I thought about it some more, and realized that Al Sharpton’s not really in this to help the black community. He’s in it to help himself.”

    DING! Exactly.

  3. Drewsmom says:

    the right rev al sharpton and jessah jackson are the real nappy headed ho’s and I’m not being racist here.
    They rape their own race on a daily basis and its getting disgusting what these two clowns get away with.
    I take that back about napppy headed, al looks like he has a cheap old women’s wig on. Someone needs to give him some advice on hairstyles that look half way decent.[-(

  4. Dittos, Sister

    There are really only three things anyone needs to know about Al Sharpton:

    – Tawana Brawley

    – Yankel Rosenbaum

    – Freddie’s Fashion Mart

    Google’s your friend if you’re not familiar with any of them

  5. NC Cop says:

    This is nothing but window dressing. This will keep Sharpton in the headlines until another national case of “racism” like the Duke case and he will be all over that. This whole thing will be forgotten in about a month.

    Sharpton is nothing but a used car salesman. He tells African Americans that they are being held down and discriminated against, but if you give ME your money, I’ll make sure that doesn’t happen.

    How guys like this and Jesse Jackson call themselves “Reverend” I will never know.

  6. forest hunter says:

    Jason Whitlock has more charisma and legitimacy in his little finger than the irreverent hypocrite Sharpton has in his entire over sized egomaniac body. Al-lying sack aka Unscrupulton vacua has a lot to learn about the human race and a man like Jason would be a great beginning, if they just turned off the cameras and Al would shut his pie hole……..never happen.

    It’s about a moooooooooovement not truth or reality, remember!

  7. Drewsmom says:

    To all the posters above you are SO RIGHT.!!!!!