Archive for April 24, 2007

When in Doubt, Blame it on Hip-Hop

Posted in Uncategorized on April 24, 2007 by Dax-Devlon Ross

In case you weren’t already aware, hip-hop has been under attack for the past few weeks. Besides being lambasted for its normal transgressions (acts of violence, misogyny, etc), hip-hop has been roundly blamed for causing poor Don Imus to be confused about proper linguistic etiquette. It was only a matter of time before the Hip-Hop Haterati started blaming hip-hop culture (i.e. young black athletes) for what they perceive as the decline in the popular appeal of the NBA. In a blog I came across yesterday one of the aforementioned Haterites tried to link the “cultural marginalization” of the NBA to its ties with hip-hop culture over the last 10-15 years. The blogger’s spectactularly pedestrian analysis was worthy of at best a “B” in 10th grade Rhetoric, but in the hostile climate created by the Don Imus conflagration it actually passes for a credible argument worthy of mention and discussion on ESPN.com

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