I’m a little late to the party on this one, but I had to allow some time for it to soak in before I addressed it.
During the Inaugural celebrations that took over D.C last week, we witnessed the culmination of Hip Hop’s involvement in the 2008 Presidential election. At one particular party Jay-Z and Young Jeezy along with a host of others took stage:
In reference to that performance, Bill O’reily and Dennis Miller had the following to say:
I’m actually shocked that Miller and O’reily were able to move on to other subjects instead of discussing two rappers for the entire segment.
When it comes to defending Hip Hop against Bill O’reily I’m always going to be on Hip Hop’s side no matter what. Bill has an agenda each and every time he goes on the air and is never objectionable in his statements. The same is true for Mr. Miller.
As far as the statements by Jay and Jeezy, I don’t buy for a second that there was anything hateful about them. I saw two African-American males expressing their disdain for the outgoing administration. Jay saying lines like “no more white lies” was simply a play on words.
After all, he is the monster of the double entendre.
Nevertheless I have a real problem with the divisiveness of Mr. Miller’s statement:
You’re looking at an obsolete model here. If the dinosaurs were done in by the asteroids, role models in the black community like (Jay-Z and Young Jeezy) are about to be done in by a shooting star named Barack Obama
Statements like those reaffirm my belief that the only reason Barack Obama has been accepted by mainstream America is because he appears to be more like them. Not because he’s unique.
Young Jeezy, and Jay-Z to a larger degree, represent African-Americans quite well. When you talk about Shawn Carter, you’re talking about a guy from Marcy Projects who has recently been honored by the United Nations with a humanitarian award along with actor Michael Douglas.
Both Jay and Jeezy represent another side of the African-American spectrum that is very different than the one represented by President Obama. But make no mistake, they are all reflections of the same image: the African -American male.
Very few Americans who can consistently display the excellence that Barack Obama does. He’s the President. To compare rappers to presidents just doesn’t make sense.
Hopefully during the next four years Bill O will smarten up.