Taalam Acey: There’s a market for ni$$as

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

What do you think of this spoken word piece? It’s an excerpt from the documentary What Black Men Think.

I love so many of the points he makes in this video, but I think it’s a bit of a stretch to suggest that it’s only white people who are supporting these images in hip hop. Blacks, Latinos, Asian-Americans — all of us, really, play a role. As Saul Williams pointed out, even Oprah has been known to boogie down to some 50 Cent:

Like the rest of the world, I watched footage on AOL of you dancing mindlessly to 50 Cent on your fiftieth birthday as he proclaimed, “I got the ex/if you’re into taking drugs/ I’m into having sex/ I ain’t into making love” and you looked like you were having a great time. No judgment. I like that song too.

(Hat tip to SOULcrates via Oh Word.)

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