Riverdalians Against Gun Violence (in memory of Jane Creba)

Source: www.geocities.com/ragv2006

Gangsta rap and violence go hand in hand. The images and lyrics are everywhere - on the radio, in music videos and on the boom emanating from car radios. Gangsta rap is really hyped violence, foul mouth lyrics and glamorized ghetto gun worship that enjoys a huge hip hop crowd. This kind of music is being sold to impressionable yound children without any concern for their social development or welfare shopping the streets of Toronto. The lyrics in many songs contain violent and explicit vocabulary about how should justifiably kill someone with sounds of gunshots in the background. It is also music that refers to women as ‘bitches’ and ‘ho’s’. The videos have graphic sexual content, violent imagery and misogyny. Rappers think they own women and can treat them any way they want. Is it any wonter what footsteps their children are left to follow?

Young children 14, 15 and 16 years old who listen and memorize these rap songs think the behavior is acceptable along with the anti-education mindset because they heard it on television or the radio. The children move to the next step wanting to emulate the rappers lifestyle. It has made a lot of black children think being tough means being black and if you’re not, you’re a traitor. The music depicts life in the hood, a person being incarcerated and dying young is not only an everyday occurrence, it’s a badge of honour.

Many rappers are criminals. Kids see successful rap artists and they feel their wealth and fame gives them legitimacy.

Money make a pimp, pimp hoes, hustlas sell dope, thugs gun smoke
What (echo)
Money make the world go round, as the world turns
Money make the world go round, as the world turns
Nigga I need money to maintain…

50 Cent
That’s my name

Teenagers want to be free of restritctions, are more rebellious in nature and against the establishment. They eat it up. That is where we come in - to be that filter. We need to impose restrictions if we don’t want to be Americanized and turn into a Jerry Springer society.

A person has to be 18 years old to buy cigarettes, rent X-rated movies, or get into a strip bar/night club, and 19 for alcohol. There are age limits on these things that can endanger young people and there should be an age limit on buying albums with explicit lyrics on them. Even though there is a warning label on the album, they can still buy it because there is no law to prohibit sale.

How long must we bury our heads in the sand and think Toronto is a suburb. Let’s wake up and start treating these thugs like you would any high risk criminal at large, biker gang or mafia.

Sign our petition and make noise against gangsta rap and violence in Canada. I am trying to build the biggest petition ever and take it to the new Prime Minister. Our voices will be heard.


Anita L. Barber

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