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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Tides of hate

I was recently talking with my mom about how hate travels. I brought up Eminem. He recently got a lot of support from the progressive community for his song and video for "Mosh." While I appreciate the song and video (the man is a talented artist), I have no reason to support him for any reason. He writes misogynistic and homophobic lyrics. Yes, he may do this to sell records, but the young boy who listens to the music and idealizes the rapper doesn't necessarily know that Eminem's lyrics are for selling records.

Here are two of my "favorite" quotes:

Don't you get it b*tch, no one can hear you?
Now shut the f*ck up and get what's comin to you
You were supposed to love me
(from Kim)

My words are like a dagger with a jagged edge
That'll stab you in the head whether you're a fag or lez
(from Criminal)


People listening to music like this can internalize it. For this reason, I think Eminem's lyrics are dangerous. I think Eminem has a right to say what he does - 1st amendment, after all - but I wish he weren't so successful.

This is why I think it's dangerous when Bush and his administration support an anti-gay platform. When the President says we have to protect the sanctity of marriage, he teaches that it's okay to bash.

In a similar vein, I just read this article on Page One Q: The Ripple Effects of Hate. Donna Payne's article is about the ripple effects caused by Rev. Wilson's hateful words. She says:

Speech should be protected. But we all have a responsibility for the strength and power of our words. The pulpit is a powerful resource that should be used for love and unity. Rev. Wilson should know this, as a minister and activist. The Million More March is supposed to bring us all together — from the pastor to the protestors to the actors inside the “Noah’s Arc” studio — all were meant to feel welcome.

In talking about the goals of the last march, the minister Louis Farrakhan said that the march “Demonstrated our willingness to reconcile differences at home, school, church, organizations and in the society in general; it demonstrated our willingness to accept responsibility to change our behavior and to strive to make our communities a more decent place to live.”

Now, instead of working together for the better of our communities, Rev. Wilson and others are tearing us apart. Rev. Wilson, it is time for a dialogue. Unity is our need.

It's a good article. I highly recommend you read it and think about the ripple effects of hate, as Payne calls them.


Blogger Cass said...

Weirdly enough, I was going to put up a post about how, despite my own convictions and self-image, I like Eminem.

(Not to actually, you know, pay money for his stuff, but certainly to listen to.)

Hm. Maybe I'll write it up anyway...

10:35 AM

Blogger Harper said...

I think it'd be an interesting read if you put it up. I support the endeavor!

9:01 PM


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