Let the media tell it and everyone loves the lyrically warped, degenerate songs constantly played on todays mainstream radio stations. They’ll say that they simply play what todays listeners want to hear.Let many rappers tell it - they’re simply rapping about whats going on in their hood. Well, at most, both parties are telling a big lie, ...(simple spin to justify what they’re doing) and at the least only partial truths. The reality is that MOST neighborhoods in America aren't as bad as these songs portray and most mainstream rappers have never killed anyone like they claim in their lyrics. Michael T. Smith, did a powerful TEDx speech saying that Black murder is normal! And he hit the nail right on the head, because we all have become desensitized to the barrage of content that glorifies death and hatred. (See his powerful speech here)
“Record companies the rappers are your EMPLOYEES and you would never allow your EMPLOYEES to make songs that disrespect or degrade the Jewish people, and you would never allow your employees to make songs that disrespect Gays, but you allow your employees to make songs that disrespect and degrade black people.”
The petition also takes aim at the Black community and says that other groups would never tolerate racial slurs or racialized slang to be promoted by corporations through their artists and that the Black community should not tolerate the constant use of the n-word going out over the public airwaves in their communities.
One Chicago based group has been taking the same message to the decision makers at local radio stations and has called on local businesses to stop advertising on radio stations that push songs with violent lyrics, especially in cities like Chicago where there is a problem with gun violence.
In February, Clear The Airwaves Project demonstrated outside a local McDonald’s fast food restaurant calling on the franchise owners to stop supporting the violent, misogynist and over sexualized music that the local radio stations are broadcasting to the community.
“We called Crawford Broadcasting last week to complain about the strip-club, murda musick’ their minions at Power 92.3 are playing. While we were on hold waiting for the person in charge to pick up, we heard bible verses being read on their station in Colorado. 1002 miles away to east in Chicago they play songs like AMEN from Meek Millz, which encourages our people to kill each other and only then we will hear the Bible verses at the funerals of our children.”
These brave activists have had closed door conversations with representatives of Clear Channel and Crawford Broadcasting (some of the biggest culprits) to address the issue of our children being exposed to toxic, inappropriate, propagandizing song lyrics. It is very unfortunate that we have to attempt to “convince” anyone that to target it’s young listeners with poisonous music is wrong. In the meantime, Clear The Airwaves Project met on Saturday mornings to demonstrate at the McDonalds on the corner of 66th (Marquette) and Stony Island in Chicago, one of the most hard hit areas in terms of crimes and murders. They say that the protests will continue as long as McDonald’s continues to advertise on these radio stations that force-feed our children a steady diet of strip-club, murderous, and misogynistic music.
Black Talk Media Project founder Scotty Reid says he stands behind efforts to stop the poisoning of the public airwaves and that communities must come together to take control of their community airwaves. Whether it is through public education, targeting the music industry and local radio stations or targeting the businesses that advertise on these stations, every tool available must be utilized to clear the public airwaves of the garbage being programmed into the minds of the masses.
***Side Note*** Speech (of ArrestedDevelopment) just started a stirring new petition to join with the efforts of Kwabena Rasuli's Clear The Airwaves, Kenneth Paulk, Rap Rehab and Scotty Reid.