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chet w Cop Killer IS objectionable (66* d) RE: Cop Killer IS objectionable 28 Apr 98


Government censorship is dangerous. Some old seemingly harmless songs do indeed have similar themes. BUT here's what's different now: The number one cause of death among young black men is homicide, almost entirely at the hands of other young black men. For young white men homicide is now the number two cause of death. Please don't try to tell us that "Cop Killer" is a continuation of the tradition of protest songs. It is nothing more than a money-making machine taking the opportunity to a deadly trend in society that was caused by too many things for me to figure out. We as a culture, not as a government, should be outraged by this sickness. Is it art? Of course it is, but it's hateful art (fuck your grieving mother and your grieving family, for God's sake!). This is not a job for the government, and you're right, Joe, it is a job for more than just parents. We as families, neighborhoods, communities and as a big old sick society have to express that Body Count and those like them have every right to express whatever they like, but that if what seems to be revealed about their character by this song is true, then they are not welcome among us. As I said before, I see this happening every school day. All of my students have committed serious crimes, including murder and rape, and they obviously find some vindication, kinship, aid and comfort or whatever you want to call it from this stuff. We must say that this standard of behavior is unacceptable and unwelcome among non-violent folks. We do not have to protect it as art or opinion just because Woody Guthrie sang anti-government songs. It is not not not the same thing. Unless things change a lot right now, half of my students (age 14-18) will be dead or in prison before they're 25. I get to hear about it at least every couple of weeks. Just last week one of my former students that I was sure would make it shot somebody at a party. A few months ago another on blew his own head off. We have to oppose this pathology even if it saves only one life. My students, as bad as some of them are, do not have to continue to suffer the criminal underclass lifestyle so Snoop Doggy Dogg can have a bigger swimming pool in Beverly Hills (not struggling with his customers in East Los Angeles). And we have a lot more to do. I know this message is too long and a lot of people won't read it, but if you could only see in person the results of such tolerance as some have expressed here, you would change your mind or go crazy.

Let's get busy, Chet W.


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