This week's reading brought up all these feelings inside me, mostly confusion. All the name dropping that the author did was probably for writing reasons. Other than that it was hard to understand the differnence between the events following the release of the song. It would have been nice to have the background info that Becky provided at the beginning of class. After hearing the story my opinion of the article was even more cemented.
I thought that the author provided a understanding of the contreversy going on behind the song. I like how it told of the tripling of the album's sales instead of the decline that the opposers wanted. It gives truth to the saying that " Any publicity is good publicity" even if it's bad.
In class we dicusse the issue of there being a "black thing" or a "white thing"; for this case I think that it is mixed. It is bad to generalize the issue like Mackenzie said in class, but back then I think the black community was easier to relate to what happened more than white people. When Ice-T said it was a "black thing", he was probably saying that because some one with the same background was killed and people outside from that wouldn't get it.