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NCJ Number: 159929 Find in a Library
Title: Gangsta Rap May Encourage Gang Behavior (From Gangs: Opposing Viewpoints, P 17-23, 1996, David Bender and Bruno Leone, eds. -- See NCJ-159928)
Author(s): C D Tucker
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The lyrics and images contained in "gansta rap" performed predominantly by young blacks emulating gang members poisons the mind of inner-city youth and glamorizes and encourages crime, violence, vulgar language, and the abuse of women; therefore, the sale of obscene gansta rap music to minors should be banned.
Abstract: The proliferation of violence and unacceptable sexual messages in young people's music is due in large part to the record industry's avarice. Approximately $780 million worth of rap records were sold in 1993; more than half the purchasers were under 17 years of age and 50 percent were between 10 and 14 years of age. Lyrics in gangsta rap glorify violence and denigrate women. As a form of pornography, such music encourages youth to commit violent acts, use drugs, and abuse women through demeaning sex acts. The constant exposure of youth to negative images lowers their sensibilities toward violent behavior, making killing and abuse commonplace and acceptable. In addition to the proliferation of violent behavior, gangsta rap inculcates in youth false and hateful concepts about women. Even if a direct link cannot be made between gangsta rap and violence, parents and elected officials need to be seriously concerned about the music because it is obscene and sexist, is driven by racism and greed, and ultimately destroys community values. Banning the sale of gangsta rap to children is one action government can take to curb youth violence.
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): Crime Causes; Gang Prevention; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Social conditions; Urban criminality; Violence causes; Violence prevention; Violent juvenile offenders
Note: Opposing Viewpoints Series
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