Sharpton’s Double Standard Gets Rapped

April 13, 2007, 7:03 pm


By Andrew L. Jaffee

Punch the bitch in the eye/then the ho will fall to the ground
Then you open up her mouth/put your dick, move the shit around.

- Niggaz With Attitude, “She Swallowed It”

The above-referenced song recommended “specific procedures for attacking a fourteen-year-old,” and is just a small sampling of the violent and misogynist lyrics prevalent in rap music. Al Sharpton went after Don Imus for calling members of the Rutgers women’s basketball team “nappy-headed hos.” Strangely, Sharpton seems to have no quarrel with African-American rap artists labelling women as “bitches” and “hos” — or worse. But Today show hostess Meredith Vieira yesterday forced Shapton to try to explain his contradictory sentiments: [Continues below...]

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Meredith Vieira turned the tables on Rev. Al Sharpton this morning, blasting him for not doing enough to stop black rappers from using words like “ho” and “b**ch” in their lyrics while excoriating Don Imus for doing so. Snap!

Sharpton was on the “Today” show this morning to react to Imus’ firing by MSNBC, and the Rev. repeated his contention that Imus’ place on the “public” airwaves made him responsible — and ultimately culpable — for his “nappy-headed hos” remark. Vieira then challenged Sharpton, demanding to know why he didn’t hold hip-hop and rap artists more responsible for “spreading the message” of demeaning and abusive language, and accusing Sharpton of perpetuating a “double standard.”

The Rev. explained that his organization, National Action Network, was working to get more rappers with “positive messages” onto the airwaves, but acknowledged that those rappers weren’t getting exposure.

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I wonder if Sharpton’s National Action Network is actually doing anything about the “violent and misogynist lyric portrayals” preponderant in today’s rap songs. A study published in the Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, 8(2) (2001) 96-126, studied the “work of thirteen artists as presented in 490 songs… A main finding is that 22% of gangsta rap music songs contain violent and misogynist lyrics.” That was 2001. I would venture to guess that the proportion of violent lyrics has risen significantly since then — as perverse demand requires supply. According to SOHH Atlanta, “The daily pulse of the Atlanta hip-hop scene:”

Last year the Hip-Hop industry made 47 billion dollars, proving that the genre has a huge impact on the recording industry and society as a whole.

Though there are many aspects to Hip-Hop like party rap, gospel rap, social awareness rap, and inspirational rap. The most visible aspect is the overtly sexual and misogynistic rap that seems to dominate the billboard charts.

Billions of dollars attracts populist demagogues like flies. Money can buy power. $47 billion is an awful lot of power. Is Sharpton a fly, er, ah, demagogue? The answer is a categorical “Yes,” as Sharpton’s “own conduct has caused serious harm to people and communities throughout his career,” with his invention of the Tawana Brawley scandal, incitement of the Crown Heights riot, and numerous anti-Semitic slurs.

Imus got fired. Sharpton marched alongside protestors “screaming about ‘bloodsucking Jews’ and ‘Jew bastards,’” but to this day can get media face-time whenever he wishes, and is almost always described as a “civil rights leader.”

So will Sharpton “get more rappers with ‘positive messages’ onto the airwaves?” I doubt it. Gangsta rap is easy money, especially for an arts industry increasingly under the influence, by choice, of the dark side of the force. Why fix something if it’s not broken? I truly believe there is a market for good rap, like Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks,” but influencing the entertainment tastes of an entire generation, for the better, will be no easy task — and no, I’m not advocating censorship.

If you want to find out if Al Sharpton has any moral consistency, just follow the money.

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5 Responses to “Sharpton’s Double Standard Gets Rapped”

  1. Marilyn Katz Says:

    Why is this feminazi organization criterisizing black music? What happened, are you betraying your best ally to destroy white men?

    I thought feminazis approved of everythng black men do, including raping an average of 20,000 white women per year while white men rape an aaverage of less than 30 black women a year. One year in the mid 1990′s the number of white on black rapes was 16.

    Blacks are your allies feminazis. Pretty nasty when you find out the truth about your so called allies.

  2. publisher Says:

    Please define “feminazis.” Do you believe that violent and misogynist lyrics are good for our young people? Are you racist towards African-Americans (“Blacks are your allies feminazis”)?

  3. blevinson Says:

    Here’s something for the Democrats to think about. Racists, bigots, and demagogues appeal to the absolute dregs of their respective societies.

    If Klansman David Duke can deliver the votes of the lowest classes of Caucasian society, whose votes did John Kerry and Ned Lamont expect Al Sharpton to deliver when they welcomed his support in 2004 and 2006 respectively? I think this shows that they have very low expectations of Black people. In fact, it could be argued that they are racist (against Black people) for assuming that Sharpton can deliver the votes of any respectable Black person.

    Someone who respected African-Americans would try to get the backing of respectable and successful people like Roy Innis, Thomas Sowell, Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice, and so on. Oh wait–according to’s people, Rice and Powell are “house slaves” (and Donna Brazile also used this term to refer to Powell). For some reason, Al “white interlopers” Sharpton and Jesse “Hymietown” Jackson did not have a problem with this.

  4. publisher Says:

    When Howard Dean was asked, “You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room?” he replied, “Only if they had the hotel staff in here,” referring to African-Americans. Joe Biden said of Barack Obama: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”

    These Democrats obviously have nothing but condescension for African-Americans — a snooty, paternalistic one.

  5. The Obama Effect: The Black List | NeoConstant Says:

    [...] Jamaal Young writing for the New York Press impressed me with his deep introspection into the psyche of the African-American community — looking from the inside out, and inside in. He postulates that Barack Obama’s election has changed the political landscape for the better, for example, ending the domination of Black America’s public “voice” by charlatans, bigots, and shakedown artists like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Here are some snippets from Young’s article, but you should read the whole thing: … The presence of Obama on the national stage has led the mainstream media, long distrusted by black America, to fill its programming with a more diverse array of black voices — CNN, PBS and Fox News regularly feature anchors and opinion-makers like Donna Brazile, Juan Williams, Suzanne Malveaux and Tavis Smiley. Spike Lee has been on MSNBC’s Morning Joe so many times I’m starting to think that he and conservative co-host Joe Scarborough might have a hot lil’ interracial bromance going on. … [Continues below...] [...]

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