Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Blame Rising Crime and Violence on Hip Hop Music?
In Colorado Springs, the police are blaming rising violence on Hip Hop Music and they want to do something about it. Are popular songs like "No Problem" by Lil Scrappy, inspiring violence? Lil Scrappy raps, "But you don’t want no problem, problem." Clubs formerly found in New York, Chicago, Memphis, Oakland, are now everywhere. But after a rise in shootings and murders, the police are blaming gangsta rap for violence and rising gang membership.Colorado Springs police publicly condemned the music in a news release after a killing in July. They have warned nightclub owners that their places might not be safe if they play gangsta rap. "We don’t want to broad-brush hip-hop music altogether... but we're looking at a sub component that typically glorifies, promotes criminal behavior and demeans women,” said Lt. Skip Arms. Club owners such as James Baldrick, who runs Dirty Limelight, apparently finds the city's conduct discriminatory as it is disproportionately affects Hispanics and African Americans. There have been 19 homicides in Colorado Springs in 2007 compared with 15 in 2006. On April 17, a stray bullet killed a man during a fight between two groups who had left Eden Nite Club. After a fight at a local concert on Memorial Day, a man was killed in a nearby liquor store parking lot. On July 9, Diontea Jackson-Forrest, a football star, was shot and killed. The suspect was involved in an altercation at Eden before the shooting.