|“Hip hop, the greatest creative breakthrough in the last 25 years of the younger generation, fusing linguistic virtuosity with rhythmic velocity, something unprecedented … The music soothes our bruises, it caresses our grooves, it attempts to give us a foretaste of the freedom we so deeply want, even if we can experience it for only a moment.”|
— Cornel West, “The Journey” from “Street Knowledge,” 2004
|This is not an assault on Black culture.|
This is not an assault on rap artists.
This is not an assault on women who choose to appear in rap videos.
This is an all out consumer assault on mainstream music corporations that are censoring Black artistry by signing and promoting only a certain flavor of rap music.
Mainstream rap portrays Black men as criminals and Black women as over-sexualized objects.
Damaging stereotypes of Black men as violent criminals further divide Black America from the rest of the country.
Damaging stereotypes of Black women as over-sexualized objects sends the message that they exist solely for male pleasure.
Little Black girls and boys who are bombarded with these damaging stereotypes cannot develop the self-esteem they need to succeed.
Rap is a powerful voice for the voiceless, but this voice has been hijacked by corporate America that exploits Blacks through rap in pursuit of the almighty dollar.
As rap fans, we want our music back.
As Americans concerned about the persistent inequality in a country that prides itself on the equal worth of all individuals, we demand an end to divisive corporate censorship.
As consumers, we ultimately control the almighty dollar, and we will put our money where our conscience is.
BOYCOTT ALL UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP ARTISTS UNTIL THE COMPANY SIGNS AN AGREEMENT TO DIVERSIFY THE IMAGES OF BLACK MEN AND WOMEN IN RAP.