Race has always been a hotly contested topic of discussion in the media, especially since Barack Obama was elected the United States’ first African-American president. Now, Fox News has taken the debate one step beyond, claiming rap and hip-hop music does more harm than outright racism, once again creating fear out of thin air.
On the June 30th episode of Fox News weekend show The Five, the five panelists were discussing the previous night’s BET Awards, in particular one performance. Opening the BET Awards, hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar performed his hit song Alright from atop a “vandalized” police car, a song about Lamar’s experiences on the streets of Compton, CA. The lyrics, though in-your-face and rough, actually portray a man looking for answers in his life.
However, one of The Five’s regular co-hosts, Fox’s own Geraldo Rivera, focused on one of the lyrics in the song, then began a pat-on-the-back diatribe amongst the five hosts of the show once again blaming everything but racism for so many things..
“This is why I say that hip-hop has done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years,” Rivera said, adding “This is exactly the wrong message.” Rivera was responding to Lamar’s anti-police lyrics, which stated “We hate the po-po/Wanna kill us dead in the street fo sho.”
Rivera continued. “It is so wrong…so counterproductive. It gives exactly the wrong message. It doesn’t recognize that a city like Baltimore, which is just 7 percent the size of New York, has just as many murders as New York.”
At this point, co-hosts Dan Ferino and Eric Bolling joined the fray, denouncing how the stage at the BET Awards resembled both New York and Baltimore during Lamar’s performance. Fellow co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle to add that this kind of message “incites violence.” Another co-host, Dana Perrino, questioned the timing of the performance, being so near the New York and Baltimore riots.
Rivera further went on to “tie in” the tragedy in Charleston, SC with the police brutality that Lamar was singing against, saying Lamar’s performance “conflates” the tragedy.
Once again, Fox News jumps to the front of the discussion and spreads more indecision and conflates (thank you, Mr. Rivera) the free-flowing misinformation. Well done, Fox News, well done.