Rap and Race: The Reaction

White America is so hypocritical! This is certainly true of "our" politicians who are using rap as an issue to capitalize on the fear of white people who are terrified of being the victims of the same kind of racial violence that has been perpetuated against African-Americans by whites since Day One.

The record companies that promote rap artists are not at fault. The men who manage them are simply doing what "businessmen" in America have always done. They are making money by hook or by crook.

I do not condone the message of Ice-T's song "Cop Killer," but if this country's laws legalize the existence of the Ku Klux Klan, the American Nazi Party and other hate groups that advocate the annihilation of minorities, then Ice-T has the right to have his say, no matter how we may feel.

Many whites do not have a problem with rap music that simply promotes dancing, only with rap that that is sexual or political.

ROSEMARY C. WATSON

Los Angeles

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