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RAP EDITORIAL INSULTING

January 11, 1992

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To the editor:

Having just read the editorial complaining about rap music in Tuesday's Journal-World, I am very much reminded of the anti-rock 'n' roll editorials of the '50s and '60s. It seems that anything new in music is always going to be met with opposition from people who don't seem to remember what it was like when they were younger and their music was under fire. (Remember how Elvis Presley was going to cause the downfall of Western civilization?) I almost found it amusing; it reminded me of the grumpy old man character on Saturday Night Live who detests anything new.

The statement that anybody can rap (although not necessarily well) is true; but then, the same can be said about singing or dancing or any art form. I think having the editorial staff of the Journal-World put on a rap performance would demonstrate this point well. (How about it, guys?)

However, my amusement turned to anger as I read on. Calling rap the "lowest common denominator" of music and insulting those who perform it and those who enjoy it smacks of racism. Besides, aren't there far more important things going on in the world our journalists should be concerned about? What's the next thing about those young smart-alecky whipper-snappers you folks want to gripe about?

Chris Sykes,

1218 Conn.

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