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Ghetto Cracker: The Hip Hop ‘Sell Out’

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Acting “white” is a term of derision among those who view hip hop and rap culture as authentically black. In fact, writes Anthony Bradley, it’s the rappers who’ve sold out by adopting the low-life habits first displayed among poor Southern whites. Bradley examines the hip-hop world’s violent and immoral ethos through the lens of Thomas Sowell’s new book, “Black Rednecks and White Liberals,” and other sources.

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  • John Conlin

    Anthony, you hit the nail on the head but I suggest there is only one final solution, ridding ourselves of the failed scientific theory of race. It is a discredited belief from hundreds of years ago. It is a false concept that is only kept alive by our keeping it alive. There is no race gene. There is no White race. No Black race. Asian, Hispanic, all an illusion. More on this here:

    So many issues melt away when one realizes this. No more “black this” or “white that”. The first step, an absolute requirement in racist thought is the classification of individuals based on meaningless physical traits. Without this first step racism is not possible. Opening one’s mind to this requires a profound paradigm shift but often accepting the truth does.

  • Notebook

    I agree. Regarding, Puff Daddy and Russell Simmons. These brothers are business people who ‘buy in’ the system.

  • John P. Kelly

    I had never thought that hip hop was a resurrection of old low class English life in the ante bellum South, A very interesting and informative article.

  • Roger Mueller

    "Nail on the head" observation, absolutely beautiful ridicule of a truly DUMB culture.

  • Brandon

    I always find it interesting when blacks try to blame whites for their own problems. Because, you see, the blacks who were in the South were for the most part slaves, so they would have been ruled over by a wealthy landowner, or someone of some means. A very small percentage of people in the South every owned slaves. Just like all the immigrants that came to America, they brought their own culture with them. The African slaves were pagan, tribal peoples who sold each other to Europeans for profit.

    So why don’t you be a real scholar, and refuse to use the South as a whipping boy, like all the other talking heads in our culture. The South had, and has its faults, but trying to blame the south for allthe problems within the black community today is just simply sloppy scholarship.

    For some reason blacks today think they can blame all of their problems on the U.S. or on the South, without anybody mouthing a response. There have always been more poor whites than poor blacks in this country. The face of poverty is white, and rural, more so than it is black and urban. But yet, you don’t hear them as a whole blaming other people for their problems.

    I do construction work to pay my way through school, and I see a lot of what you would call "crackers" or "rednecks" and mexicans, but you know what, I don’t see a lot of urban blacks in construction-you know why? They’r lazy and they won’t work. Blacks are incarcerated at a much higher percentage rate than whites, largely because they won’t work. So if they got this mindset or worldview from "Southern Crackers" why are there not just as many "rednecks" in the prisons as there are blacks?

    For a people who like to cry racism for every pecadillo they encounter–many of you seem to be full of it. You had a good article going on the decadence of black pop culture, until you tried to blame it on "southern rednecks." Why don’t you try to practice what you are preaching and call people to take responsibility for their own actions rather than trying to blame someone else.

    You and Thomas Sowell can pontificate all you want about Southern Rednecks, but the South, despite all its faults is still the backbone of this country. You would get a better picture of the Southl to read a little more R.L. Dabney and Eugene Genovese than some neo-con from California.

    Historically, the best things about the black community come from the South my friend. The Protestant faith, the strong family connections that use to exist before the Yankee liberals welfare disaster (and those that still do despite this failure) , the friendly Southern way, etc. The rap culture did not come from blacks in the South, many of whom are very conservative, but from urban blacks who moved out of the South and resided in Yankee or California cities. Idiots like Will Smith are products of Philadelphia, not Montgomery, Charleston or Dallas.

    The Scottish, Irish and English people who largely settled the South were a strong, tough and hardy people, and they contiue to be today. O, and by the way, the school you’r at, Westminster Seminary was founded by a Southern boy-J. Gresham Machen, not a Yank. But unless Lillback puts on his ass kickin’ boots and gets rid of the N.T. Wright lovin’ OT department, the Yanks are going to ruin it. But Lillback is a good man, I think he do what needs to be done so WTS doesn’t go to the dogs, I pray that he will)

    And if you knew your history, you would know that the South despite all the racial hostility has been a better place for blacks than the North. Tocequeville himself said as much when he visited the states.

    Furthermore, I am sick of Yankees, black and white of painting the South as stupid and backwards. The greatest amount of stupidity and decadence to be found in the U.S. is not in the South, but in New England, in the halls of Harvard, and political representatives like John Kerry and Ted Kennedy. Those people are the rot of this culture.

    I will take my Southern "Cracker Culture" over that of the wacko, pagan Yank any day. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  • Marcia Lynn Neil

    ‘Ghetto cracker’ of any hue is not a voluntary role or expectation. It is, however, some indication that northern people are being ‘inserted’ into a different environment as a sort of sociopolitical project to improve opportunities for ‘sponsors’. "Hip-hop culture" as a way to avoid tragic consequences — joyfully or dreadfully — is not a new cultural movement, it is a sterotypical one.

  • Brandon: “Why don’t you try to practice what you are preaching and call people to take responsibility for their own actions rather than trying to blame someone else.”

    Anthony: “This is not “selling out”; it is “buying in.” Buying in to the fact that authentic blackness is not being a ghetto cracker. Buying in embraces a worldview that understands our common human nature and what it means to live in a way that is truly fulfilling—a worldview that promotes dignity, work, marriage, family, and healthy community. The real sell-out is the one who urbanizes counterproductive moral values and behaviors.”

    I’d [i]swear[/i] that sounds like calling people to take responsibility for their actions, but then again, I’m just a “wacko, pagan Yank.”

  • Dwight Johnson

    Mr Bradley, I found your article interesting, but it left me wanting more information. How did it happen that so many in the black communities absorbed the redneck culture? It would seem the last thing they would want to do (emulate white neighbors), just as the hip-hop world now eschews the bourgeois culture. How do you explain that adoption of culture? It would seem much more likely that, as former slaves, they had little experience of ownership or entrepreneurship, and that this culture, learned as slaves, is what we see perpetuated.

    I have always felt that race was less significant than culture. As a white inhabitant of the New Jersey suburbs outside Philadelphia, I am much more comfortable in the company of a bourgeois black person than I am with a redneck (and yes, that culture exists and flourishes among the whites in the north as well).

  • Graham Collett

    I feel that this article attempts to label and stereotype black urban culture without understanding the greater historical context surrounding what it means to be black. Am I right in assuming that it was written by a white person from the south? Is it really so surprising that people with a history of brutal enslavement sometimes harbour a rage against the system. Whilst I do not support violence or war, whether it is perpetrated by an individual or a nation, the reasons underlying such actions should not be overlooked. For this reason, this article has the appearance as a shallow, borgeois rant, that lacks any real intellectual substance.

  • Young Daniel

    I’d have to read the book, but I suspect that many of the common traits are due to human nature and what happens in conditions of isolated poverty. Elitism shaped much of the migration patterns in this country, and the end result of isolated areas of poverty, especially the dense areas of poverty, is the type of culture that breeds individuals that seek power and control any way they can get it. They resent those who have been empowered with knowledge, discipline, and responsibility that they have either never had access to, or didn’t know how to take advantage of if they were given a window of opportunity.

  • Daniel Rodríguez

    Mr. Collet, I think you should look more closely to the article you’re arguing against using the old "ad hominem" attack. Mr. Bradley seems black enough for me. The excuses you use to justify black violence are the ones that keeps them seeing themselves as victims, the ultimate excuses they use for not caring about their own lives.

  • Anthony S.


    Although I have serious reservations in characterizing poor urban blacks as "ghetto crackers" I think you are making a strong argument for black folks to re-assess a few things. I think you were going for the provocative here. I can understand that…its an attention grabber. But after you gotten everybodies attention what do you do then? I mean…who is your audience here? Is it the same poor urban blacks you characterize as "ghetto crackers"? Who? I can see how this tact can be unwise. Assuming of course you are really concerned about poor urban blacks. If you are not, then your characterization makes sense.

    I hope you don’t see my comments here as dis-counting what you are saying. There are issues that you raise that strongly resonate with me. For instance, my three black sons are all honor roll students. My two oldest are already being labeled white because of their academic achievement. It is sickening really. Here I am reminding them of the sorrows, burdens, struggles, and triumphs of their black ancestors in order to motivate them to do good in school and some of these children call them "white" for doing so (and all of these name-callers, it never fails, are black). It is really dis-heartening sometimes to me as a young black man trying to raise young black boys to men. But as much as I want to lash out and use demeaning and disparaging terms. I can’t. Because many of these young black kids don’t have proper role models at home. And many of them are glued to the T.V. or to their X-box playing Grand Theft Auto(BTW, wasn’t created by ghetto crackers). I hear these stories all the time from my kids. I have to constantly reinforce with them that these kids’ behavior is not the standard. I tell them to look at me and my friends, the brothers I hang around. I tell the to look at their ancestors who achieved great things in the face of an adversity that would make 50 cent look like a Brownie. I am not too scared to criticize the culture of my people, but I am very hesistant in doing so in a way that would limit my opportunity to minister. That’s just me.

  • Robert Chavis

    Mr Bradey.

    I do agree with you on the article that you have written. As for myself, I am an ant-state libertarian. Yes, I am a black male that faces the reality of trying to help shapen "our culture". I do not understand why would someone call themselves "ghetto cracker" for it blashpemy to do so. I also been against public education, for it teaches our children to be obedient to the cancer known as the State (government) instead of learing something that interest them. Bottom line, your article is excellent and keep up the good fight.

  • H. Hall

    This argument is completely ridiculous. I have lived in the South for 20 years and the only place I have seen rap ‘culture’ is on MTV and such places. When my daughter was in high school in the nineties, she reported that for some reason her classmates thought it was cool to "act black". This kids were not imitating their parents or any southern white behavior. They were imitating black and white rappers they had seen on TV.

  • Jason Tennent

    What a transparent attempt at reverse psycology. The last thing blacks want to do is act white as the theory goes, so you intimate that ghetto black behavior is in all actuality "acting white". Nice try, but who are you trying to fool? The poor white southerners that black activists such as yourself are fond of blaming every social ill ever recorded never owned slaves. They were too poor. In fact many poor whites entered this country as indentured servants. Poor whites had less economic value than slaves and were treated thus by the 2%% to 3%% of upper class whites who could afford slaves. These same elite whites were successfull in shifting the blame for institutionalized slavery on poor white southerners. The perception is the reality, and when someone encounters a sterotypical "cracker" the immediate pavlonian response is a flood of racist-slaveowner-whipcracking hallucinations.

    Your argument is also an extension of the cult of victimology that blacks employ to excuse bad behavior ad infinitum. Blacks are very fond of reminding everyone they have a distinct and proud culture, but now you argue that the extremely negative components of it are not actually their fault because southern whites made them do it. Take responsibility for your OWN actions and stop shifting blame to the crackers, it’s way to easy and predictable.
    The poster just above from the UK decided to

  • Manos

    Besides Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell and Tiger Woods, it would appear that someone else has been accused of "acting white". Could it be… Anthony B. Bradley?

    Note how repetitive his reply to this form of derogation is. This man was deeply hurt by similar comments in the past.

    As for the actual content of the article, well. The majority of the gangsta rap audience is white, not black. Males are not over-represented. If the culture portrayed as "black" (and I will agree it is by no means actual black culture) is to blame for something, it is not the lifestyle of the typical black American.

  • Svigor

    Race does exist. Read Steve Sailer’s articles on the subject if you’re interested in something other than the strawmen leftists constantly wrestle with.

    Race is ancestry, writ large.

    There’s nothing illusory or mysterious about it.

    That’s why the medical community can’t afford Mr. Conlin’s illusions; it has an obligation to save lives, and since race exists, race-awareness in medicine saves lives.

  • Zrazys

    “include aversion to work, proclivity for violence, contentment with little to no education, sexual promiscuity, short-term thinking, drunkenness, an anti-entrepreneurial spirit, reckless pursuit of excitement, and wild music and dance. Rednecks had touchy pride, what you might call today a “bling-bling” vanity, a boastfully dramatized sense of self, and little self-control.”

    Those comments describe some people in every ethnic group around the world, and do not describe the majority of any ethnic group, anywhere in the world.

    The sad part is that you are shortchanging blacks, or "hood" blacks," and only those that are self-proclaimed, trying to live according the stereotype. They developed their bad behaviors, and attitudes by themselves. Perhaps there was an influence somewhere, but when "whites attack", they do so not because they saw too much gangster rap videos, but because they have their own violent subculture. It’s the same with "da boyz in da hood"
    Giuve credit where credit is due. Those fellows in the hip hop magazines figured it out for themselves, much like the bikers, western outlaws, and mafia did for theirselves.

    Also, to Anthony S., while it’s true that the “ghetto crackers” didn’t make the video game Grand Theft Auto (and neither did the trailer part variety), the makes did use black thug stereotypes for their games characters.

  • Svigor,

    Some in the medical community have used to concept of race in providing care but most will tell you that the concepts of black, white, Asian, etc. are simply too broad of brush stroke. And you are being slightly disingenuous since I don’t see anyone in any of these posts talking about the finer points of genetics.

    Instead they are talking about the social use of the concept of race. They throw around the words black and white but I challenge them to actually define what these words mean. What does black actually mean? How is it defined? The same for white. Why is Barack Obama (or Halle Berry) black since his mother is white and father is black – I hate using those racist terms!

    Read all of these posts and tell me that race in any definition can actually describe what these people are talking about. They take various physical characteristics (the definition of racism) and act as though these characteristics define who and what an individual is. How? All blacks are this, all whites are that. Insane.

    Any yes Svigor, of course we all have ancestors. You did not just appear on the planet one day. And of course your ancestors had to live some place. And of course we are genetically more like our more recent ancestors than our more distant ancestors. We are not talking rocket science here.

    But are you defined by your ancestors? Is it they that define who you are? Why does it matter that some of my ancestors can be traced back to counties we now call Ireland and Germany? These countries, as they are now understood, have only existed for a millisecond on the cosmic clock. What is so special about this small piece of time that we use it to define who we are. The honest answer is it does not. It is simply a historical artifact.

    Why not move closer in time? I was raised outside a small town in Colorado, am I LaSallite John? Or why not further back in time? Modern science indicates all humans originated in Africa, therefore we are all Africans. Or let’s go even further back in time; am I Pierolapithecus Catalaunicus Conlin, perhaps the last common ancestor of great apes and humans? Or further back, am I Hadrocodium Michael Wui, perhaps a common ancestor to all mammals? Or even further back, am I reptile Johnny? (some would say so but that’s another story). Or further back, Johnster the happy first vertebrate? Or further back, single cell John-boy. Or even further back, to the very beginning, Johnmeister the spark of life. These classifications of “who I am” are just as valid as Irish or German.

    The bottom line is that I am an individual with literally thousands of traits. I am not defined by any ancestor. My beliefs and actions determine “who I am”. Where some of my most recent human ancestors lived has absolutely no basis on who I am. Royalty or thieving, lying cowards; it makes no difference. One can of course have pride in one’s ancestors but that is a personal issue – for good or for bad it is meaningless in defining who you are.

    My human relatives include every person on the planet. My ancestors (and yours too) include every living thing on the planet. In fact my ancestors include every living thing that has EVER lived on the planet. I am part of an unbroken string of life that goes back to the very first spark of life on the planet. I am blessed beyond comprehension just to exist.

    Perhaps it is time to cut the past loose and cast aside the old beliefs. Who you are is an individual. Who your human ancestors are and where they happened to live is an entirely different question and one does not influence the other. This requires a significant paradigm shift in our thinking, often accepting the truth does.

  • J.D. Sanders

    This argument provides a solid sounding board at the less-discussed end of a spectrum of argument with which I find much fault–that race and behavior are somehow linked. Race may help dictate a culture, but opportunity and action are based on different things entirely.

    The choices people make are based off of their perceptions of their own possibilities: someone born knowing their family can afford college is far more apt to plan for it, and act accordingly. Someone who feels they will never leave where they are will act two fools, if given half a chance. (Yes, that is a 4:1 fool/chance ratio).

    As the people with clear minds, our obligation is not to debate such conondrums, but rather to do our best to allow everyone the opportunity for clear minds. The two groups compared and contrasted in this argument are identical on one level: they are poor to lower middle class, and the majority of their culture is based on the presumption that what they see is all there is to life.

    Could the thug meme be hereditarily linked to the good ol’ boy meme? Possible, if not probable. But what is next is not to continue to worry about its past, but its future–can we make a world where everyone sees and has every chance? That, to me, is far more important than this argument–interesting and intelligent as it may be.

  • Liz the Brit

    Ha, funny!! Blame the Celts!! (Problem is, re education: they have a bardic culture – which isn’t all "written work", true – but the Irish are amongst the best educated and the most cultured people in the world.)

    Since when have ENGLISH been CELTIC, anyway??

    Research flaws….

  • emcee lynx

    the fact that in 2005 there are still people who would describe "aversion to work, proclivity for violence, contentment with little to no education, sexual promiscuity, short-term thinking, drunkenness, an anti-entrepreneurial spirit, reckless pursuit of excitement, and wild music and dance… touchy pride…, a boastfully dramatized sense of self, and little self-control." as typical of "celtic" culture is simply incredible, and the fact that you seem to think it’s somehow acceptable or ok to recycle these same 18th century anti-irish racist stereotypes in the guise of scholarly work leaves me almost breathless.

    I guess this is just the final proof that old stereotypes never really die, they just get passed along hot-potato style.

    in the real world, celtic people don’t fit that description any more then black people do. if you want to attack negative stereotypes of black people try starting by pointing to the long list of black people who’ve accomplished incredible things in the face of tremendous adversity, playing hot potato and trying to shift the stereotype onto others isn’t going to do black folks – or anyone else – any good.

    have you even considered that the negative stereotype of celtic people you cite as typical of our culture was actually created by anglo elites in England and the USA to justify their imperialist policies against us – remember, americas first ghetto’s were filled with Irish immigrants who came here fleeing the genocidal policies of the English government in Ireland – and that it is that exact SAME anglo ruling class that now applies the same stereotypes to black people?

    what we have here is not some kind of a magical cultural transference but a Machiavellian transfer of stereotypes and discrimination from the old urban underclass to the new one.

    next time try doing some actual research instead of relying on racist cliches and empty rhetoric… that’s not a matter of acting white or acting black, but of acting responsibly.

  • dave

    I found this article quite interesting, the kids I see today follow this way of life in an almost blind fashion. Everyone wants to write some rhymes and blow up so they can emulate jay-z and 50 cent. This hood mentality propogated largely to the young black youth has got to stop. Back in the day, hip hop was all about having fun, the ups and downs of life, and all in all, celebrating life and what the culture has overcome. Being a lifelong fan of true hip hop, I find that today’s interpretation of hip hop is negative only because of the large corporations that choose to perpetuate it. Yet oddly enough, those are the same corporations that create mainstream ideals that allow for the conception that hip hop is purely negative.

    I would also like to point out that this "hood mentality" is nowhere near what being impoverished is all about. Not everyone in the projects sells crack and kills everybody, many of the people in the projects are just simply trying to live their life and if possible find some way to rise up out of poverty and create a better life for their family. If anything, all of these famous MCs (it pains me to even call them MCs) should realize that their success and fame are the perfect vehicle to promote the young black youth to keep straight and work for success based upon an educational foundation. Just because 50 cent was signed into a multi-million dollar deal doesn’t mean that every other person from the hood will be too.

    The only thing I fail to see is the implications of the Celtic culture, I would like to point out that the Irish are also one of the most prejudiced cultures in europe, and certainly back in the days of large scale immigration, the Irish were looked down upon along with everyone else. granted they had white skin, but that doesn’t explain very well why thousands of them are still being killed and persecuted to this day. A little more research would have shown that.

    Other than that fact, good job on speaking up for the truth, this misguidance of today’s youth must end, or we will all face the rammifications.

  • Real Bad Man

    That is the biggest pile bull I have ever heard. Before you write such a damning report again do some more research. It is incorrect in every sense of the word. 1 – Balck people, Negroes, Moors or whatever definition you prefer, have always been extravagant and flamboyant. They are often depicted as cavalier in shakespearian plays. In Sumerian culture (Enqi/Nudimud – a Nubian diety) is depicted as the first being to wear precious metal and stones as jewelry.

    It is ashame that we always point the finger at each other rather learning about oneself and realising that these characteristics are what makes us who we are. These are attributes that are used or targetted via the media to create an adverse effect in some situations but it is for us to recognise and guide the children in the right way of depicting themselves within fitting into what you portray as wordly norms. These wordly norm attributes that you so gloriously depict is not wrong bacause people should be civil but to be so in order to fit into western society is in itself mental slavery at its worst. Tiger woods, etc have not sold out because of the reasons you think. They have sold out because they do not know who they are. They have acheived a milestone but they have given this back to their master as a gift for acceptance rather than using their positions or acheivements to change a current system.

    This is a quick summary correcting your mistake but there is much more that can but added. I hope you manage to wash your brain in due course and reprogramme yourself with the right knowledge because this was a poor attempt. This is our problem as a people – those who know are not in the position/ given the medium to present, while those who don’t know, like yourself, present poorly research dribble.

  • Rob Shelby

    Very interesting thesis. I’m not sure that I agree with all of the conclusions but there are elements that resonate with me.
    I wonder if there would be less tension for those who have responded previously in rather negative fashion, if there could be some evidentiary linkage between the behavioral, more observable antics within the hip-hop universe and the acquisition of hip-hop culture by non-blacks/minorities. What I am arguing is that once hip-hop emerged as a valid music genre and art form it also became economically clear that it could produce significant revenue. Business-minded executives did what they always do. They acquired the money making venture, established the group mantra, and maintained a constant infusion of moral mediocrity and text-less messaging (the act of constant regurgitation of the empty soul and the padded pocket). This is no new phenomena within the music world. Ask any kid that was once immersed in the world of a indie band and the first reason they will offer as to why they have abandoned that newly "popular" band is," they sold out to the establishment of the record machine". There communicate message was no longer theirs it was the message of the “what earns revenue”. In the case of hip-hop culture I think that this move has shifted the powerbase of a once from the minority community to the dominant powerbrokers… as usual. There may be some anecdotal evidence found in the recent retirement of the former entertainment mogul Bob Johnson from BET and the acquisition of his company by MTV under the umbrella of Viacom. Although it could be argued that minorities are still “in charge” by the likes of new head Debra Lee.
    I don’t know if any of this substantiates Bradley’s argument or mires the waters a bit but I hope it adds to the dialog.


  • thomas

    I’m glad I came across this article, and that it was written by a black. I am a white guy, 49, professional, non-Republican, non-Democrat. ex-drug user, my life saved by self-reform (still a musician, and lived the R&R life). By coincidence, I also grew up near Grand Rapids, MI, in 1970’s, before hip hop. I was wondering when I’d see some sort of indictment by blacks against the whole rap thing. The biggest turnoff for me about the rap motif is the way black kids are snowed into thinking that they’re being "more black" by emulating a more degraded lifestyle.
    As if promoting murder and injecting endless uneeded profanity (are we supposed to be impressed?) into rap tunes made them more "black". It’s the same self-deluded b.s. that white rock ‘n roll got into with drug messages, and that racist rock pushes. Blacks like Smokey Robinson and Aretha Franklin are immortals (and adored by millions of whites, and blacks, including me) and never had to use cheap devices like endless "F words" to create "impact". Of course those musicians are probably scorned by rappers, I don’t know. The whole discussion about blacks following some sort of Celtic behavior tradition is here nor there with me. The pressures of ghetto life have created enough of a "tradition" on their own. The black rap culture (and all the Eminem wannabees) got scooped up by greedy corporate music peddlers, who saw something to exploit, stroked their rap egos, told them to turn it up, and then sold the whole package back to them. A self-reinforcing loop. Just like they did to all the white kids a few decades earlier. Seems to me a lot of the "rap executives" are showing a lot of corporate-style "whiteness". Could it be that they’re just after all the greasy money they can get, just like those whiteys? It’s the American way, after all. Maybe we can forgive them for that because they’re black.

    Rap music isn’t going to get the rappers any more sympathy or admiration from productive blacks or whites than the Black Power movement did in the 1960’s, or that whining suburban white rockers get complaining about their girlfriends and pubescent anxieties in every other song. I acknowledge all the racism by whites that still exists, it is revolting, and I have sympathy for those who have the severe misfortune to have been subjected to our worthless public school systems and the rest of ruin in the inner city. After a few years of that it would be hard for anyone to concieve of a future. Aberration is highly contagious, it is the way of the human. But the message and behavior I see being pushed by the rap culture won’t lift anyone out of anything, and young kids of any color deserve a better chance, and to be inspired by a better message.

    The Age of Oil is coming to an end. Things may get very desperate for everyone in America within the next 20 years, and beyond. Basic things like food may get scarce. Everyone will need all the survival skills and determination they can muster up. I’d like to see blacks shine and endure, as they have through the holocaust of slavery brought upon them by people like my ancestors. They won’t be able to do it following the irresponsible and degrading Creed of Hip Hop, no matter how many guns they have. Or maybe I’m just not black enough to see the light of the rap message? Forgive the rant, I always go on too long.


    I am a 31 year old who can totally identify with this article because I feel that I am in the very center of the culture who "kinda" made all this mess grow. I am also a Black man who takes PRIDE in being educated and not ghetto without looking down on the very individuals who look down on me when I’m in "da hood" for not being ghetto enough. It seems like the words were taken right out of my mouth and I hope that this subject is not dropped because it is a very large and real problem in our culture. Much Respect is due to the writer of this article.

  • Esbuelta

    I can appreciate what the writer has expressed. Many Blacks including myself have experienced being rejected by our own because we spoke "the kings English" and had goals. If one would just take some time to research Black History, you will see that we came from a highly cultured race. In fact whites tried to emulate our best. This is what I mean when I say "we adopted the ways of the oppresor".

  • charles

    something to think about

  • twjarmon

    in my opinion!!!( – All we people know is the adverse ways andHis-story so who dare pass judgement on ones ability to hustle,innovate new material and put a patent on it and get paid! I guess Im a sell-out since im from Texas and i talk with a slang (soulful and southern!) at the same time!i am joking {aLil Bit} Anywayz being a person of color and diverse to new or un-chartered ideas i run into this shit alot i have to dumb down my speach to relate to a wider audience of N.I.G.G.A.s(never ignorant getting goals accomplished)then backdoor the next room with all of the under-graduate English i can try to remember, cause in the professional realms here in the south if you really want something major you have 2 blend in with the business folk and i said all that to make my scenario seen! you noticed i segregated points by my natural talk and you understand(right)! So this proves you can be understood and be you!1

  • A Bronson

    You have some very well formulated points that I agree with, but at the same time your overall conclusion has me wondering what the topic was to begin with. I disagree with the notion that C Rice and T Woods are called sell-out because they speak proper english. These people are called sell-out because they distance themselves away from other black people, in a way that makes them seem like they would rather side with a white person instead of the most well spoken black person.

  • felicia harris-mearon

    I really appreciate the article regarding "cracker culture" which has been said to have so deeply permeated African-Americans. I also agree with the first response to this article, that African-Americans are not considered sell-outs due to their use of correct English; but particularly due to their obvious alienation from African-Americans in general, which in my opinion subliminally perpetuates white supremacy.

    Just last evening, I spoke to a group of young African-American males here in Brimingham, AL where I imparted to them the importance of self-respect and education. In addition, I made them aware of Thomas Sowell’s book "Black Rednecks and White Liberals", in which I feel the author did an excellent job of presenting information regarding the "cracker culture" and its influence on the African-American communitiy.

    Now that we are at the crossroad, where do go from here? I think it is incumbent upon us, that is those of us who are concerned about the degredation of "hip hop", to make available to our children and our communities as a whole, the types of cultural experiences that will provide a balance to that counter-productive culture. As I work throughout the inner-city communities in Birmingham, they are not filled with art galleries and performing art theatres, which in my opinion are necessary in order to achieve excellence in positive and productive cultural development and expression.

  • mominct

    twjarmon and A. Bronson: In your logic, Martin Luther King Jr., his wife an family, El Hajj Malik Shabazz and his wife, were all sell outs!

  • Jamara Newell

    I like how the author connected cracker culture to rap, though he is a bit off. Rap is a Jamaican invention, its voyage to NYC is rather easy to trace. I also think his opinion regarding Colin is wrong, no one calls Colin a sellout aside from rich liberals. Black Enterprise is also largely saw as a positive among all classes of Blacks and the magazine does celebrate hip hop.
    Overall the author is obviously disconnected from the Black community, I don’t imagine he even has much contact with middle class Blacks, or he is pandering to his White masters.
    There are alot of Blacks who don’t participate in ghetto culture, speak well , but like to live our lives in solidarity with other Blacks. This author seems to be ignorant to that fact.

  • tiera

    This article was really helpful for my research paper. I was once called a "sell out"