While reading â€śCop Killerâ€? and discussing it in class, I developed several opinions on the issues related to this story. The first has to do with what we discussed in class which was having it just be a â€śblack thingâ€? or a â€śwhite thing.â€? Secondly, I think the decision made by Time Warner was just to get a rise out of the public and to make more money.
We discussed the idea of â€śitâ€™s a black thingâ€? quite a lot in class, when we talked about the lyrics to the music. However, I think that there isnâ€™t really such an argument. In todayâ€™s society that argument is not only politically incorrect, but even offensive. If I was in a conversation with someone and they told me I wouldnâ€™t understand because I am white, I would get kind of pissed. The thing is, itâ€™s the definition of a double standard. There is no possible way that I could go up to a person of a different race and say â€śsorry, you wouldnâ€™t understand. Itâ€™s a white thing.â€? It just doesnâ€™t happen. The fact that it was even brought up as an argument was ridiculous. Maybe someone else has a different opinion, but thatâ€™s where I stand.
Furthermore, I think the decision on behalf of Time Warner to stand by the rights of the artist was a joke. Although it may have been on the grounds of freedom of speech, I think their motive was to gain publicity and sell more albums. It even said in the article that the album wasnâ€™t even selling that many at first, then as soon as it became a big issue they were selling out in stores. Time Warner had the advantage by saying that in a couple ways. They could say they were standing by their artist and make him happy, but also are getting the public eye on the situation. Win-win for them! Overall, I think the article was pretty interesting.