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MallRat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-07-04 10:26 AM
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21. Yes, I know Chuck D is making a generalization.
Don't get me wrong. Are there African-Americans who like Elvis? Sure. Are there white Americans who couldn't care less about Elvis (like me)? Sure.

What he was railing against was the primacy of traditional, myopic, homogenized "white" culture.

Here's another line from the same verse:
"Most of my heroes don't appear on no stamps.
Sample a look back you look and find
Nothing but rednecks for 400 years if you check.
'Don't Worry, Be Happy,'
Was a number one jam
Damn! If I say it, you can slap me right here."

In short- what Chuck D is really lashing out against is narrowmindedness and ignorance. People who open themselves to new ideas, new thoughts, and new cultures are not the target of his rant.

So, Feanorcurufinwe: don't worry, be happy. You're part of the solution, not the problem. :-)

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  -Chuck D says Reagan era is precisely why he started Public Enemy ChavezSpeakstheTruth  Jun-07-04 08:14 AM   #0 
  - Their intro was great! Big news of the weekend: Sopranos finale,  robbedvoter   Jun-07-04 08:16 AM   #1 
  - It was great. I thought they were going to do the whole show ignoring  ChavezSpeakstheTruth   Jun-07-04 08:19 AM   #3 
  - Good for him  Joanne98   Jun-07-04 08:18 AM   #2 
  - Public Enemy  mark414   Jun-07-04 08:31 AM   #4 
  - Agreed. And Chuck was and is the greatest figure in hip hop history  ChavezSpeakstheTruth   Jun-07-04 08:33 AM   #5 
  - Reagan used the fiction of the Welfare Queen to, as HoDean says, "divide..  AP   Jun-07-04 08:56 AM   #6 
  - And the prison industry went into overdrive during Reagan's reign  ChavezSpeakstheTruth   Jun-07-04 08:58 AM   #7 
     - America's response to people at the bottom trying to demand  AP   Jun-07-04 09:42 AM   #8 
        - What you're talking about is socialism to the Reaganites!  ChavezSpeakstheTruth   Jun-07-04 10:01 AM   #10 
           - The shocking thing is that money, if invested into hurting communties,  AP   Jun-07-04 10:05 AM   #11 
  - Reagan inspired a lot of people to get motivated against fascism  rumguy   Jun-07-04 09:44 AM   #9 
  - And we got Public Enemy out of it.  AP   Jun-07-04 10:12 AM   #14 
     - Refuse to lose!!!  ChavezSpeakstheTruth   Jun-07-04 10:20 AM   #19 
  - "Elvis was a hero to most...  MallRat   Jun-07-04 10:07 AM   #12 
  - Wha?  Feanorcurufinwe   Jun-07-04 10:10 AM   #13 
  - Many in the black community resent Elvis for, in their view, getting filth  ChavezSpeakstheTruth   Jun-07-04 10:18 AM   #17 
  - I have a tape of Elvis in the recording studio and it's hard to hear the  AP   Jun-07-04 10:43 AM   #23 
  - Yes, I know Chuck D is making a generalization.  MallRat   Jun-07-04 10:26 AM   #21 
  - "Man he's straight up rascist, that sucker was simple and plain  ChavezSpeakstheTruth   Jun-07-04 10:15 AM   #15 
  - Reagan's policies inspired me to become a social worker  noonwitch   Jun-07-04 10:16 AM   #16 
  - Reagan and the Moral Majority  Walt Starr   Jun-07-04 10:19 AM   #18 
  - I got a letter from the government the other day  bicentennial_baby   Jun-07-04 10:24 AM   #20 
     - They wanted me for the Army or whatever  ChavezSpeakstheTruth   Jun-07-04 10:37 AM   #22 

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