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Thug Culture
Posted 12/14/14
Please don't take this the wrong way.

I don't know if it's still as prevalent as it used to be, but kids, teens, even adults take on this image of "thug" and "gangster. It's moved away from big clothes and all that, but it's still sagging pants, tattoos, all that sort of stuff, plus the tough guy machismo that can be mistaken for being a tool.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTXSGPKglYU

^^ This video set me off, because it's just so ridiculous. Drinking, smoking, and of course, shooting a man in your trunk. Of course.


Kids from both the inner city and suburbs lap this crap up, and think it's okay to be disrespectful and "fearsome". I see it a lot in NYC, where certain neighborhoods are definitely terrible, just sad broken down ghettos full of crime and drugs, and the idea of being a thug is alluring to a lot of people.

It's not.

It doesn't matter if you're black or white. Gangs, drugs, murder, and everything that comes with it is not the sort of lifestyle someone should idolize or emulate. I enjoy some rap music, but when the message is pretty much explicitly glorifying being a convict, running in gangs, selling drugs out of your trap house, all while beating your b*tch, I gotta turn it off and walk away.

It's smut. Don't emulate smut.


What do you think about this?

TL:DR - Shorty wanna be thug.
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Posted 12/14/14
There are plenty of rap songs that aren't all about having sex, drugs and violence, you know.

We mustn't disregard the possibility that some people have no choice to behave in the fashion either, as perhaps they are in no position to do so. Doing so may mean getting hurt, depending on the environment.

Of course if it is a case of kids just being idiots and thinking it's "cool" then I genuinely feel sorry for them and I think the majority of them are sheep.
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Posted 12/14/14 , edited 12/15/14
do u wanna be a thug man?
Posted 12/14/14

ellohthere wrote:

There are plenty of rap songs that aren't all about having sex, drugs and violence, you know.



Did I say there weren't?


We mustn't disregard the possibility that some people have no choice to behave in the fashion either, as perhaps they are in no position to do so. Doing so may mean getting hurt, depending on the environment.


That's ridiculous. I don't care if everyone on your block is selling crack and a Crip, you don't have to do it.



Of course if it is a case of kids just being idiots and thinking it's "cool" then I genuinely feel sorry for them and I think the majority of them are sheep.


That I agree with.
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Posted 12/14/14
People trying to be "thugs" is pathetic. They don't seem to realize that if people are forced to live as thugs and to sell drugs just to keep themselves alive is not a good thing.
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Posted 12/14/14 , edited 12/16/14
the problem is in most of these impoverished "hoods" is that they do not believe they can get out of their environment. I live in the hood, and most of my old friends didn't believe they could succeed or make a living expect by rapping, balling or pushing. Its just the reality. i don't think anyone grows up to want to be a thug, it just happens because that's all they see and believe they can be. Their family, friends and environment reinforce this behavior as well. For thug culture to decrease, we need more education, better role models and most importantly, actually parenting.
Posted 12/14/14

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For thug culture to decrease, we need more education, better role models and most importantly, actually parenting.


^^^^^^

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Posted 12/14/14

AiYumega wrote:


Arbitrator wrote:

For thug culture to decrease, we need more education, better role models and most importantly, actually parenting.


^^^^^^



Aww thx ^_^
Posted 12/14/14

AiYumega wrote:


Arbitrator wrote:

For thug culture to decrease, we need more education, better role models and most importantly, actually parenting.


^^^^^^




Drake be like, "hold up, hold my phone"


I like Drake. He's so soft as a rapper, and clearly not a thug at all. I mean he was Jimmy on Degrassi for God's sake.

I still like his though.
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Posted 12/14/14
Damn right. Drake is like the whitest black guy I've seen in entertainment. No doubt that he has great talent. What he does is all for the sake of entertainment.
Posted 12/14/14 , edited 12/14/14
honestly, let people do as they like. calling someone who is not like you sheep is a little childish. lots of ways people get their boost of confidence and most often it's from like-minded people. so if your goal is money, looking good... etc. if that's what you want, then you should go for it in whatever way you see fit.
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Posted 12/14/14 , edited 12/15/14
This conversation is soft and glazes over 500 years worth of underlying issues. Dress it up how you like but you're judgmental and more than a little misinformed.

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Posted 12/14/14 , edited 12/14/14

narutosonic330 wrote:

Damn right. Drake is like the whitest black guy I've seen in entertainment. No doubt that he has great talent. What he does is all for the sake of entertainment.


This, right here is a huge problem. So tell me then, what stereotypes are you pushing that qualify a white guy and a black guy?

So...society accepts that being uneducated, ignorant, violent, Thugish, drug dealing POS of society = black?

Whereas being ...what....soft? Considerate? More educated? Why is it that when a black person gets an education, stays in a complete family, teaches/behaves with respect, dresses appropriately (not sagging, clothes 5x too large and hanging off the body), and speaks English correctly...they are suddenly not black anymore? This ideology is a huge reason why inner-city blacks continue to stay entrenched in their situation. Every legitimate chance / opportunity to better themselves is pushed by fools as a counter-culture action. Even worse, it's attempting to emulate the 'enemy'.

Guess what. Having black skin doesn't require you to act in any certain or specific ways, especially not in a degrading fashion. Not only do blacks deserve equal opportunity and education, they are just as capable. Pushing welfare reliance, things like ebonics and this 'acting black/acting white' is nothing more than systematic stereotyping/racism being perpetrated by both blacks and whites.
Posted 12/14/14 , edited 12/15/14
Well someone's up on a high horse.

There's nothing wrong with disliking something or disagreeing with other people's life choices. But when you use it to judge others and make yourself look good / feel better about yourself, it becomes just a little bit unsightly. Especially when you post in such a preachy tone.
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Posted 12/14/14 , edited 12/15/14
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