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Why aren’t rappers (and black people generally) raving right-wingers?

this is very US-centric.

Andrew Sullivan:

Thomas Chatterton Williams follows up on his WSJ op-ed to explain why hip-hop is inherently conservative:

It’s not just that hip-hop is, to put the matter mildly, pro-gun rights (most mainstream rappers could be on the NRA’s payroll), atavistically homophobic (Byron Hurt documented this convincingly in Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, where even a "conscious" rapper like Talib Kweli is unwilling to go against the anti-gay grain) and spectacularly patriarchal (male-female inequality has always been the law of the hip-hop nation) — it is also unquestioningly God-fearing and, not infrequently, proselytizing. …

Which reminds one of this Onion classic:

The Lord Almighty finally responded to nearly two decades of praise in hip-hop album liner notes Monday, when He gave a shout-out back to all His loyal niggaz. "Right about now, I want to send a shout-out to each and every nigga who’s shown Me love through the years," said the Lord, His booming voice descending from Heaven. "I got mad love for each and every one of you niggaz. Y’all real niggaz out there, you know who you are. Y’all was there for me, and it’s about time I’m-a give some love back to God’s true crew." "All y’all niggaz, y’all be My niggaz," the Lord added.

Williams continues:

I bring all this up simply to point out that hip-hop music and culture, while often nihilistic and self-sabotaging, from a political standpoint is almost never radical or even merely progressive. There is a reason the hip-hop generations have never produced a Huey Newton or a Malcolm X. Hip-hop — when it transcends the gutter and goes beyond the streets — doesn’t want to overthrow the system; on the contrary, it wants desperately and at any cost ("Get Rich or Die Tryin’") to join it.

[My emphases].

The reasons highlighted have always made me wonder why rappers have never warmed to a Republican party which has been all about God, low taxes, guns, and regressive social policies and viewpoints. Which modern rapper doesn’t want his money and guns left alone or acknowledges that homosexuality is acceptable? You can imagine that T-Pain actually wants the Conservative Victory he gives a shout-out for here — if not for the confused look on his face:

T-Pain shouts out Sean Hannity’s “Conservative Victory”.


What I’ve concluded is that rappers consider themselves as being members of the black community first of all, then individual artists. This identification as black people first, leads them to place higher import on what affects the black community at large.* Greater individualism would lead to a focus on what benefits them most but would harm those back in the (usually poor) ‘hood; lower taxes, and lower social spending- things the GOP wants.

There is also the perception that the GOP is anti-black and more generally, anti-minorities, which has been built up through tough law and order initiatives (such as the three strikes laws) which have significantly affected black people.

And decisions, such as with Hurricane Katrina, which have led to a belief that, paraphrasing Kanye West, the GOP doesn’t care about black people:


* This could be through personal choice or due to the social pressures not to “sell out”.

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