“Straight Outta Compton” to your community
“Straight Otta Compton” is an astonishing bit of social commentary that can’t be ignored. The misogynist behavior of the black males engaged in “gangsta rap” is as offensive as the crude, uncouth behavior of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and the NWA movement. Nonetheless, this is a movie well worth seeing, for we can’t change what we aren’t willing to understand.
The price we pay in not focusing attention on some of what is said in this movie is a rapid escalation in self-directed violence, increasing promiscuity of our youth resulting in STDs like AIDS and a burgeoning underclass. The crotch-grabbing posture on display without skills to advance society in a way which provides for women and children at risk is allowing a looming civil war to fester among our underclass sacrificed on the altar of political expediency.
The tracks laid down by Dr. Dre and his group were as fine as any of the classics. Though not featured, Tupac’s “I ain’t mad at ya” rhythm ranks with Bach and Beethoven. The poetry of their self-righteous anger is palpable through the screen and touches all ethnic youth who wanna be thugs. These aren’t our millennials but “our untouchables” seeing their desertion and inability to find the American Dream in the midst of violence directed at black males. They scare the hell out of many on both sides of the aisle.
The feeling that black lives don’t matter was loud and clear in Ice Cube’s rhythmic raps. But in exerting constitutional rights to freedom of assembly as well as free speech, he is foul mouthed, unrepentant in his abusive treatment of women and putrid in lifestyles forsaking a sense of morality leaving themselves open to attacks which don’t have to be. The anti-Semitism directed at control of the entertainment media by Jews spills over into today where many still blame us for making money off of us while not doing a lot to lift all boats with the rising tide.
The “Gangsta Disciples” in Chicago ranked with the Bloods and Crips. The Star of David tattooed on my son’s triceps, his skipping school and other antisocial behavior signaled that the street life of gangs had captured his imagination, and a war was declared on my turf which I was determined to win. The flirtation with antisocial behavior is more than many in single or two parent family homes can cope with, or teachers can grasp, or urban planners and politicians can deal with, and those young people so involved understand.
What I saw on the screen was a bunch of N—— With Attitudes and no place to go. Little of the massive amounts of money made improved communities or the lives of others, as LeBron James has done with his 1,000 scholarships for Cleveland’s Youth or Magic Johnson’s economic development in California.
Before they took it to the streets, Charles Drew figured out the basis for blood transfusions, Percy Julian discovered steroids from the soybean plant, James Shepard founded North Carolina Central University in Durham and so many others gave of themselves to advance the cause of humanity. These were truly NWA’s who in using their aptitude understood if we don’t prepare ourselves to be doctors, scientists, engineers and nontechnical people, our future is limited.
Now that’s what I’m talking about.
Dr. Ada Fisher of Salisbury is a Republican National Committeewoman for North Carolina.