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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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