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cop op-ed killaz

flashing a gang-sign? making a "gun-hand"? either way, it looks suspiciously "african-american"

i stopped following david brooks's hooky op-ed headlines to his vacuous rants long before the new york times did us the service of making his voice less accessible. so when i saw the title "gangsta, in french" this morning, i could only groan in anticipation, knowing that he was probably going to say something not only ignorant but offensive and knowing that i would have to track it down and read it anyhow, if only to rebut his buttheaded analysis in my own mind.

fortunately, gangsta bloggaz like o-dub and joe twist are swift to respond with a headbutt.


Blogger wayne&wax said...

more here.

1:22 PM  
Blogger wayne&wax said...

more more here here.

9:44 AM  
Blogger osisbs said...

Yep, it's pure coincidence that songs promoting violence, cop killin', and rape are consumed by people who are violent rapin' cop killers. Good thing they aren't listening to Sam Cooke or they'd all be Twistin' the Night Away in the streets of Paris.

8:40 AM  
Blogger wayne&wax said...

i'm not sure i follow you, paul. your second sentence seems to point, sarcastically, at the lack of connection between musical consumption and behavior, and yet your first setence seems to perpetuate (unless i'm missing the ironic tone) the myth that gangsta rap is (largely) about killing cops or rape as well as the myth that cop-killing rapists are easily found in the streets of paris, or any streets for that matter.

what i liked about joe's and oliver's rebuttals was that they both exposed brooks's awful generalizations for the facile, uninformed, and unproductive rhetorical moves that they are.

1:19 PM  

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