I personally find the "nappy-headed" racist, and the "hos" misogynistic. I find both expressions objectionable in any context, including hip-hop's extensive use of the latter, along with some other choice expressions.
I really object to the language many hip hop "artists"/rappers use, and I don't think I'm particularly straitlaced. One writer quite aptly described it as "rape and pillage". Just because some people use such despicable language is no excuse for Imus to allow it to "slip out".
I see the whole trend spreading. Hubby was channel surfing the other night, and came across a German rap special. The total lack of any respect for females was absolutely disgusting. It was quite simply verbal rape.
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Thank you for your comments, I was feeling a bit alone while reading this until I saw your comments.
Just because some segments of a population use a phrase or term, they are NOT speaking for the entire population. Saying that black rap artists use poor language which is tolerated by the black community is like saying white kids who steal are tolerated by the white community. I can tell you there are many many people who find the degrading lyrics of rap and other music styles to be quite unacceptable. Also, men (and some women) of many ethnicities put down women. For thousands of years it was the norm and it still is in many areas. Why is it every person of color must "represent" or speak for their entire race? I have never been asked how white people feel about something or been asked to represent my people to the world.
I see this as another symptom of sheep-hood. More people following rather than thinking for themselves about what is right or wrong.
I am probably way off topic by now - this whole type of thing just makes me see red. I refuse to listen to the so-called shock jocks who have nothing better to contribute to society than negativity. I don't care how many nice things they do when they aren't being negative. To me, one doesn't cancel out the other.