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Not the music

February 13, 2006

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To the editor:

There was an article dated Feb. 7 on the recent shootings at the Granada. This particular article was on the front page of the Journal-World. There was a little section headlined, "Hip-hop weathers bad rap."

What's wrong with people? Guns don't shoot people, people shoot people. Music doesn't cause violence, people cause violence. Video games don't cause violence, people do.

Most people who complain about music being too violent or obscene really aren't listening to the music very closely. They hear a line of a song or a lyric that has a cuss word in it and they freak out, but do they truly understand what that song is about or that particular phrase in the song? This particular problem in our society, not only in America but around the world, is called misinterpretation. People need to stop and think before they speak.

Yes, I do think there are some songs that are inappropriate and cruel. The fact is most people know right from wrong. Unless an individual is severely mentally ill, they know right from wrong. It's up to the parents to teach their kids right from wrong. Now, if their parents teach them right from wrong and an individual commits a crime, they have to suffer the full consequences.

Brian Kummer,

Lawrence

Comments

classclown 8 years, 10 months ago

Hip hop doesn't cause violence, people that listen to hip hop cause violence.

craigers 8 years, 10 months ago

I love how people make excuses for profanity in music. Oh well he is just telling it like it is in that particular problem of society. Whatever, I was taught that it is wrong to use profanity, whether I am just repeating what somebody said or describing a situation. No wonder kids open their mouths today and all that comes out is garbage, because people defend the lyrics of musicians that curse every other line, and then kids listen to it.

mefirst 8 years, 10 months ago

You cannot deny that music shapes our culture and therefore our attitudes and behavior. It's undeniable! The author is basically arguing that human beings are not influenced by their environment i.e. the things we see, hear, and experience.

Rap isn't the only genre with offensive (and yes, many rap songs are INCREDIBLY offensive) lyrics. Ever listened to Toby Keith sing about killing' Arabs? Don't tell me drunken rednecks aren't influenced by the lyrics in his songs.

But, music aside...GUNS don't help the situation!

Kelly Powell 8 years, 10 months ago

Real rednecks listen to merle haggard.....We do not know who theose @ss clowns are that listen to "new" country.

djazz 8 years, 10 months ago

What music does Dick Cheney listen to when he is out quail hunting?

Speakout 8 years, 10 months ago

Chaney must of thought for a moment that the target was some arab toby keith was singing about.

classclown 8 years, 10 months ago

The truth about rap... The lower the IQ, the greater the appeal.

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