It seems like there are a lot of rap songs that deal with racial profiling and unjust treatment by figures of authority. Some of them go into further detail about how the primary mission of the local law enforcement is to wrongfully persecute as many people as possible. These are serious social issues in our society that need to be dealt with. Rap is not helping this. People who complain about getting speeding tickets tend to piss me off. There are signs along the road that say what the maximum speed is, and if you exceed that it's your own fault, not the fault of the cop that busted you. Complaining that the police are unfairly targeting your drug and weapon business strikes me as somewhat similar. The law is quite unambiguous about the legality of all varieties of drugs and weapons, so there is no reason to be surprised that figures of authority are out to enforce these laws. Unless I missed something and all these songs are actually about kilos of antacid and vitamins, reinforcing this stereotype is doing more to harm efforts against racial profiling and police brutality than good. As a white male, I cannot even pretend to understand the effects of racial profiling, but I know that reinforcing a negative stereotype is not a way to make things better. I am sure that some of those who are involved in illicit business are victims of circumstance and lack better options, so perhaps a veritable arms race between law enforcement and the aforementioned is not the best solution. Granted, in order to truly eliminate this, one would need to essentially get rid of most forms of illegal activity, which is an unrealistically lofty goal. In the meantime, we can at least avoid perpetuating the problem.
F*** the Police
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