Grassroots Perspective

'White' AmERICA — Your Worst Nightmare

Wherever there are no fathers to protect their children, the pop culture becomes the main influence.

Willie Richardson · Apr. 10, 2019

White AmERICA speaks to the suburban demographics of two-car garages, 2.5 children, and an intact family of two parents — Daddy and Mommy. If you are reading this, you probably want to know which nightmare has caused such a stir in suburban areas in this nation. If you do not already know, then your children have more than likely been exposed to it. This dreadful dream is responsible for preoccupying the minds of impressionable youth into their adolescence and adulthood. Its rhythmic reach is far deeper than your grandfather’s record collection. It pulls no punches as it is pipelined into your living room via any electronic devices. Its name is hip hop. Its goal is to infiltrate. Its mission is to uproot the culture of America, while glorifying rebellion, consumerism, violence, misogyny, and debauchery.

Hip hop culture was birthed in 1973 out of the Civil Rights of the 1960’s. As black parents marched to the streets for rights, their little black boys and black girls created their own culture marching to a different beat. This culture came primarily from fatherless and wayward sons who joined gangs seeking to find their identity. They would terrorize their impoverished communities with violence. As the gang violence increased, former Black Spades gang leader Kevin Donovan came up with an idea to “stop the violence.” One of the ways was to pick up his parents’ Motown record collections and scratch them to create a music that had never been heard before.

What does all this have to do with White AmERICA? Enter hip hop artist Eminem Y2K.

A self-proclaimed “little white boy from Detroit”, Marshall Mathers was an instant success among white suburban AmERICA. The inner city was drenched with the culture but never before had hip hop penetrated suburbia like it was about to. Eminem understood that along with his rap talent, that his looks would put him over the top in the rap culture.

Eminem knew his lyrical alcohol would reach within white AmERICA and touch the souls of suburban youth because they looked just like him. He raps from his 2002 album, “White America”:

Look at these eyes, baby blue, baby just like yourself.
If they were brown, Shady’d lose, Shady sits on the shelf
But Shady’s cute, Shady knew Shady’s dimples would help
Make ladies swoon, baby (ooh, baby!) — look at my sales!

He uses Eric and Erica because they are embedded in AmERICA. It’s a reference to “the boy/girl next door.” He rhymes:

White America, I could be one of your kids
White America, little Eric looks just like this
White America, Erica loves my s$#@
I go to TRL, look how many hugs I get!

Eminem is a liberal mouthpiece for the streets. He feels the need to spew lewd lyrics even targeting our president.

And any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his
I’m drawing in the sand a line: you’re either for or against
And if you can’t decide who you like more and you’re split
On who you should stand beside, I’ll do it for you with this:
F— you!
The rest of America stand up
We love our military, and we love our country
But we f—king hate Trump"

Regardless of skin color any two parent home who has invested in their children wouldn’t want the influence of the mega-liberal Eminem grasping the ears of their youth. Eminem went on to rap:

Surely hip-hop was never a problem in Harlem, only in Boston
After it bothered the fathers of daughters startin’ to blossom

Wherever there are no fathers to protect their children, the pop culture becomes the main influence. In Harlem, fathers are often absent from homes, so hip hop is seen as a substitute dad. According to Eminem, Boston represents a more stable town where dads are present. When you have engaged fathers (black, brown, or white) who care about the lives of their daughters, typically you take a stand. Nonetheless, no matter how far you move from the urban areas, hip hop culture finds a way to come along for the ride. White AmERICA, what will you do about it?

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