juanton wrote:My suggestion for solving the problem: drop the thug inspired hip hop.
Herein is part of the reason this thread is filled with such misrepresentation and "subtle racism." People are blaming alcohol, clothing, black people, young people, hip-hop, police, security... it's bouncing back and forth. A combination of factors is clearly at work to create these negative situations. HOWEVER, those of you who blame "the hip-hop," namely Juanton, are not nearly familiar enough with hip-hop to be making such bold demands. "Thug-inspired" hip-hop is actually "corporate-inspired thug hip-hop." If you have to draw such labels, it's difficult for me to <i>not</i> think that a group of young black males in mass makes you very uncomfortable. Ironically enough, I was performing the night of the shooting. I witnessed the entire thing, gunshot and all. Not two hours prior was I playing hip-hop, hip-hop that made reference to violence, without incident (in front of a hip-hop crowd, black, white, so and so forth). I'm not proposing any solutions. Shutting down the street, increasing officers, getting rid of the black people-- these are all really short-sighted and stupid solutions. Brainstorming ways to make the Majestic pay also ignore larger social problems. This is what Foundation was talking about earlier. If nobody understands why violence occurs among young minorities (a category into which I fall) outside of clubs, which none of you clearly do judging from the drawn-out and hostile pontifications in this forum, no myopically-formulated solution proposed in this thread will have a profound effect on the city, state or country. I'll save whatever views I have on the matter at fear of having my own experiences be labeled "bleeding heart" or "angry minority."
Now redraw your pointer fingers and argue away.