For entertainment purposes only?

Local Radio hosts seemed to have a vendetta against local hip-hop. If you can remember Tom Barnard from KQ92 spouted off a year ago about The Twin City Celebration of Hip-Hop. He also has said other crazy crap about local minority groups which has caused some outrage. KTLK-FM’s Jason Lewis decided to go on a rant about local hip hop artist and activist Tou Saiko Lee and his work with some local sixth graders. Kyle Myhre has posted a great article about this controversy on Culturebully.com.

I am not all about being the politically correct police, but randomly spouting off about stuff you know nothing about is stupid. I am sure they do it for the entertainment value, and hopefully they can’t be that ignorant. For a country built on immigrants, even being white we don’t dismiss our culture and our traditions.

I guess he would rather have these kids hanging out the streets, then writing poetry, songs and talking about their culture.

2 Comments so far

  1. greg on May 19th, 2008 @ 6:05 pm

    I guess he would rather have these kids hanging out the streets, then writing poetry, songs and talking about their culture.
    I think the point was actually to have them being taught the three R’s during class time, instead. Given continued MSM attention on dropout rates and our poor education system, I can see how people of Jason’s generation (my parents included) would opt for reading, writing and arithmetic over cultural programs. That’s why band, art and drama continue to have their budgets cut. As an artistic, musical person who greatly benefited from those programs but also as a parent, I can see both sides.


  2. Phil (philscbx) on May 28th, 2008 @ 2:21 pm

    Totally agree with Greg.
    Tom Barnard calls it as he see it. And usually is on target.
    If your not promoting further education, then you are not promoting anything more than entertainment.
    Having music cut when I was in highschool was the worst thing they could have done.
    Social Studies and or History could easily have been cut, taught by coaches anyway.
    Who the hell cares at 14-17 what happened 200 years ago when it can be an elective later in college.
    Music, Language, and Science should be a standard 2 hours each class a day from early on and mastered.
    Rap Hip Hop is not music, it’s cRap. You have no basis of basic music, or reading of notes, or an instrument.



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