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One point of view on hip-hop's effect on young black Americans (and it's negative)

Reported by Chrish - August 23, 2006 -

Regular FOX contributor Juan Williams is the author of a new book, "Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It " and as such was the perfect guest for John Gibson on The Big Story today 8/23/06.

Williams is in perfect agreement with Bill Cosby, who spoke yesterday at an event called "Fatherhood Works" on the subject of black youth and the negative effects of hip-hop music on their aspirations and perceptions. Both Cosby and Williams believe that nblack youth should distance themselves from theperceived negative stereotyuping and rampant sexism associated with hip-hop, and that black entertainers should be more responsible in what they present to impressionable young people.

Williams spoke passionately, admitting it upsets him, about urban fashion that models itself on post-prison garb, and of pornographic video that essentially tells young black women that they are sex objects and nothing more. Gibson asked where are the other black leaders - Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton - and Williams specualtes that they are beholden to the financial backing of the wealthy black entertainers who profit from this image marketing.

Williams said that "intellectuals and academics out there" especially demonize and vilify Cosby for his stand, and self-identified liberals and progressives say he is blaming the victims and he doesn't understand the power of systemic racism, and most people don't want to expose themselves to that criticism.

While it was mentioned that there are others who hold that hip-hop is not the lone cause for the problems in the African-American population, no one was there to fairly debate and eloquently express their argument and explore other factors. Not fair, not balanced.