Wednesday, March 31, 2010

What's in a Song?

I had an interesting conversation with our newest family member on the ride to school this morning. He was listening to his iPod without headphones so I was able to hear the lyrics pretty clearly (instead of just squeaky noise with a heavy base). The rapper’s lyrics included the “N” word in almost every verse. I asked him what he thought about that. Didn’t it bother him to be referred to by such a degrading term? He is half African American and half Puerto Rican. He admitted that it bothered him a bit. I asked if he understood the history of the word, that it was used by whites as a way to degrade, disgrace, humiliate and dehumanize an entire race of people. He just nodded and shrugged at the same time. I suggested that it was a bit odd that people were not only listening to these insults but were actually paying money to be insulted. His response was a puzzled expression. I explained that I found it very offensive and that perhaps the rappers could use a good history lesson. I don’t know if our brief conversation will inspire him to immediately stop listening to those songs but I hope it at least gave him something to think about.


  1. Amazing how much difference 24 hours makes. Yesterday he was the newest member and now he's not. :D

    Glad to see you here Other Mother.

  2. Life sure happens fast here! To quote from one of my favorite movies, "People come and go so quickly around here." Thanks for the comment--my first! :-)