Walking Without Papers at ASU, The “New American University”

The wave of the future…

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It has been an eventful news cycle for Arizona State University.

Last week they announced a partnership with Starbucks employee’s that went from press release to critical analysis in about 48 hours. I chimed in with a few thoughts on a public college extracting revenue from Starbucks employees. It turns out that the public university will invest more in the partnership than Starbucks, who can ostensibly afford it.

This week the university billing itself as the “New American University” is back in the news with a more personal story about class (and race and gender). ASU campus police arrested professor Ersula Ore for jaywalking on a campus street. You can watch the video here:

Folks are circulating petitions, expressing outrage and support. This being the Internet, more than a few folks are also making the case in support of the campus police. You’ll find plenty of questions and…

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Rage Against The Ratchet

Wow! I don’t know how I missed this one! “Rage Against the Ratchet” is movement started by songwriter/producer, Carvin Haggins.

“The word is ratchet. It’s a slang term, derogatory, for a person or activity that is considered distasteful. To Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer Carvin Haggins, the words demeaning, destructive, disrespectful, derogatory, defamation, and debauchery come to mind when defining it. He believes ratchet, or rather the world of bad values from which it arose, is taking over our airwaves.” http://articles.philly.com/2014-06-06/news/50362535_1_power-99-clear-channel-lyrics

I cracked up while watching Haggins promotional video for “Rage Against the Ratchet.” I laughed because you don’t realize how horrible current black music is, until you hear someone reading the lyrics out loud.

Haggins was a little problematic with his approach. I always side eye men who refer to women as “females.” Also, singling out women for singing along with the degrading music. It’s also not good for men to hear derogatory language used against women over and over again.  It’s probably why most have piss poor attitude towards women these days. Overall, I think he means well with his activism.

Look, we all have our guilty pleasures. The fact is, black music has always been a bit risqué. It’s why white folks thought we were/are less than animals (of course, while culture vulturing the whole time). Black folks have tended to be open-minded about sexuality being expressed in music. The problem is, as Haggins pointed out, there is a lack of balance in black music today. Particularly, what is being pushed to black youth.

After watching some clips from the BET Music Awards show last night, this movement is truly needed.  The music was terrible, the celebrities were wack, and hell there aren’t even good fashions anymore. It’s just disturbing all the way around what is being done to black music. It’s being destroyed to make way for great white hopes  (Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, etc.)

Blah.