Saturday, December 1, 2012


In my personal opinion, some of the biggest issues with the criminal “justice” system are flawed by the institution, discriminatory, oppressive, and bias judgments.  The justices system is a profitable industry that exploits some so call “criminals” who are minorities to cheap labor and debt. The huge majority of criminal institutions are privately owned; by those who have only an economic view of making a profit; not to help improve society and/or help those who are incarcerated to become a better model citizen. When an individual have been incarcerated in a privately owned institution, may be subjected to be charged for the bare necessity to maintain a decent hygiene such as toothpaste, a bar of soap, and so forth. Also, there are institutional programs that charges inmates for room and board for their term of imprisonments in exchange for permission to work. This is injustice that “criminals” face in private institutions are motivated by greed not justice.  Through the term of their sentence an inmate may incur an enormous debt, reentering society with little to no opportunity to improve their quality of life that may lead them back to crime. The system has set up a vicious life cycle for those that have been incarcerated to have no opportunity but to be a criminal again. It has recently come to my attention; the criminal “justices” system we have is a system of oppression stemmed from discrimination and bias judgments. The reason that I came to this conclusion, if you are to observed regions where there are what to be consider high crime rate areas and compared it to areas that are considered to have low rate of crimes occurring, there is an issue when comparing the two. The issue from my perspective is the dramatic difference of “justice-surveillance” provided the different regions that are considered high and low rate crime occurring.  Predominately there are heavily law enforcement surveillance where there are mainly low-income and minorities residence. There’s an old saying, “ you find trouble when you are looking for it”, it is oblivious that there shall be higher crime rates in area there are mainly low-income families and minorities, a method of oppression of minority citizens because efforts of bringing justice is mainly focused on them. Locations where that are considered to be low crime rate areas have low rate of law surveillance; these areas are mainly high-income and white residence regions. I believe that these issues are majors factors causing the criminal “justice” system to ne injustice.


Thursday, November 15, 2012


In my personal opinion, I believe that Lupe Fiasco’s “Bitch Bad” is an attempt to be critically conscious in hip-hop. Lupe Fiasco illustrates the term “bitch” in the hip-hop industry, the different perspectives and the influence it has on impressionable adolescents.  It is taking a step forward away from the current industry music theme of perpetuating the stereotypes of gangster life, showing off money, and degrading women as a sex object. Lupe introduces in two different definition of how the word bitch is perceived. The first act, an example and definition of “bitch bad” was given a young boy whom is with his mother; they are riding in the car listen to the radio. The young boy whom is at an impressionable age watches is mother sing along with the lyric “I’m a bad bitch, I’m a bad bitch, I’m above average…” The young boy have now associated the word “bitch/bad bitch” with his mother whom he respect and care taker. Unintentionally, the mother whom was singing along with the radio had given/taught her son a positive association with the word “bitch” and the female gender.  In the second act, shows how the influences of hip-hop music video have on impressionable young girls between roughly the age of 9 through 12 and how they perceived the term bitch. The music video that these young girls are watching is a rap video with the artist explicitly using the term bitch, while the female model/dancer in the video is accepting the term used for her and acting “sexy”.
The image of “bad bitch” and how it is perceived in Lupe Fiasco’s music video shows the cross-gender role examination of toxic influences on the younger generation. I believe, that he is not entirely blaming women for victimizing themselves in the hip-hop industry; the industry, artists, and men play huge role in characterizing women in an improper or degrading way. Lupe lightly shows how the industry and artists degrade women with the term “bitch” and how it is being accepted; with the songs being played on the radio using the term “bad bitch” and the rap artist constantly saying, “He wants a bad bitch”.  The rapper using the term “bitch” may have an influence, but so does the woman in the video. To my observation, it is clearly recognized that the hip-hop industry and male artists has heavily use different terminologies and acted imagery/skits portraying women as sex objects or some form of degrading manner, but no criticisms have really been made about women influence.
Lupe fiasco shines light that although women are not entirely at fault, they must also take responsibility as well as the industry and artists.  His song “Bitch Bad” is an example of hip-hop attempt to be more critically conscious by showing how not only the industry and artists are responsible for being more conscious of their influence but women too. 


Thursday, November 1, 2012


I believe that hip-hop music purpose initially is to tell a story, send a message, and strike an emotion to occur within the individual whomever is listening. Hip-hop music may be for entertainment but it is also more than a genre that entertains an audience. In my opinion, there are arrays of dynamics to the hip-hop genre that makes it more than a category of entertainment. Hip-hop has an agenda; the agenda of most artists within the hip-hop industry are communicating a message. The messages that are being brought the attention of the listeners may vary from political, racial, sexual issues and so forth. As time has changed so has hip-hop, it has now slowly becoming an amplification of stereotypes associated within the genre.  Hip-hop exemplifies issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and social engagement. First, within the hip-hop industry race plays a major role it is viewed and associated with mainly people of color, and more predominately with African Americans. Also, the majority of hip-hop artists are generally African American males. If an artist who is within the hip-hop industry is a non- African American individual, that person talent may be under valued or would have to face criticism, also may have to face the challenge of proving their talent/skill to the general audience and other artists. For example, Eminem a white male rapper whom debuted as a rap artist in 1999, mainly had audience who were Caucasians; his talent as an artist was at questioned when he initially started out. Eventually, after volumes of work he and display of his roots from Detroit was he more accepted and respected as a hip-hop artist. From my outlook, consumers of hip-hop was at first racially homogenous but has transition to be more racially diverse audience. Hip-hop in a sense is problematic because it perpetuates negative connotation and stereotypes associated within the industry. The problem with current hip-hop music and it is not stating that all music created in the industry of hip-hop does this, but it is the main aspect of hip-hop that sells and is marketed; hip-hop has now been shown as a way to purely communicate violence (thug-life and/or gangster life), sex, and entertainment. I believe, that the genre is so popular although it may be problematic is because it is heavily marketed as “cool” and masculine towards society. Aside from being heavily marketed to the population, hip-hop sells sex appeals and catchy idea/phrases in regards of sex. Unfortunately, these negative stereotypes are reinforced by the industry and have been accepted as the norm of the hip-hop culture.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

LD, ED, & MR

            It relatively arguable that many students may have been misdiagnosed with some form of Learning Disabilities at a young age, mostly children of color are predominately diagnosed with a “learning disability”. If you’re child have been properly accessed with a Learning Disability seeking help and aide to help improve your child quality of life is appropriate, but what if you’re child is perfectly fine and have now have been denoted with a learning disability? Challenge the system of the assessment claiming your child to have a learning disability, there are many factors that play a huge role in misplacing children of color with the label of having a Learning Disability and unfortunately the assessments may have nothing to do with their capability of comprehending and understanding information. One of the major factors of misdiagnosed of children with learning disabilities is a teacher, teachers are in a classroom to be educators, in my opinion are educators should find and implement different methods to properly educated their scholars. Apparently, teachers go beyond the scope of educators and become physicians and/or psychologist assessing/recommending a form of Learning Disabilities within the child is acting up or not able to keep up with the course. There are many reasons why a child may “act up” such as too much sugar, bored, improper approach of educating and much more; instead of figuring out a proper way to educate the child, the child is claim to have a Learning Disability. Secondly, children especially children of color come from an array of backgrounds, learns differently (visually, orally, individually, & so forth), and are flat out DIFFERENT from each other; it is evident that children are different types learners, but generally only one form of teaching method is conducted to educate such a diverse group children. The third factor of misdiagnosed of children in regards of Learning Disabilities is standardized testing assess students. Students in academia comes from different backgrounds, there are no consideration in the standardized testing for students, for example who may speak English as a second language may not understand or quickly comprehend certain topics are now considered to have a “Learning Disability”.Normalcy (“The Norm”) plays another role in the diagnostic process for Learning Disabilities; it considers only a one-dimensional view of what is accepted/considered “normal behaviors”. One question that I would like to ask, what is considered normal now a days? The issue with normalcy is simple, it is only a one-dimensional view anything that does not fit the standard of what is normal would be considered as abnormal ß this is wrong. Normalcy does not take into account students who are acculturated, quality of life, cultural background, and so forth; what may be considered to normal towards one discourse community may not be for another. Having a normalcy standard to measure students especially students will only help misguide and misdiagnose scholars.