Unfortunately the past 3 years of reading Mr Crouch's works and the subject that he most passionately focused upon has built up too much scar tissue upon my willingness to view him any differently than the cadre of other "Lampblack Yellow Journalists" that have columns in CREDIBLE newspaper and then have a profile on The Huffington Post.
This awakening to the fact that Mr Crouch's real passion is not jazz but instead is his dogged fight against ideological threats forces me to QUALIFY his words using a process of appraisal rather than accepting them as his heartfelt views.
In his words Mr Crouch says: "Yes, the Tea Party images of Obama as a witch doctor, and Fox New's endless RACIST antics, are highly problematic. But when it comes to DEHUMANIZING Black people hip-hop wins, hands down."
Oh really Mr Crouch?
Upon reading all of the 'race' articles in the November issue of Essence magazine one more time prior to me doing a write up upon their antics it is clear that the "Tea Parties" represent a "White Nationalistic" threat to Black politicos. This is in addition to the threat to Progressivism and the Democratic Party power that they threaten most obviously. When the Democrats ask the Black voter to nationalize our focus and "Stand With Obama" they are NOT doing this because they care about the issues within the Black community. They know that too many Black people care more about defending their party and ideology more than they care about their community interests not being delivered upon. Those who mistake "Black Ideological Unity" for absolute advancement are easily manipulated as such".
If Mr Crouch did, in fact, view the Hip Hop Voice Of The Street Pirate as a bigger threat to the Black community dignity and interests his disposition would be to FIGHT AGAINST the attempts of his Lampblack Yellow Journalist colleague to redirection the Black consciousness OUT OF the community and toward national interests for the benefit of the Democrats and Progressive.
If you notice Mr Crouch fails to explore the ROOTS OF the "Hip Hop Voice Of The Street Pirate" as one of BENIGN NEGLECT served to them by the political aspirations of the Black Establishment Overlay and complicity followed by the adults within the rank and file. The culture of ignorance and incivility that Mr Crouch is willing to discuss was fomented by the inattention and failure to show a resolute stance against it by the very people who claim to be pursuing the "best interests of the Black community" via the political process, FIGHTING AGAINST those conservative forces that threaten to give us our "fair share of social justice" that would allow us to develop as a community.
Stanley Crouch says:
Jon Caramanica, a New York Times writer, praised "Head of State" and proved once again how dangerous critics are when afraid of angering and alienating themselves from opportunists more intent on getting attention and making product than saying something artistic. Artistry is beyond Negroes anyway, as these critics see it. Buffoonery will do. Extreme hip-hop has proved that. The more vulgar and violent, the more real and deeply felt -- or so the thinking goes. They are wrong, of course. Even Flocka Flame has described "Head of State" as "almost a form of disrespect" to Obama.
Notice that Mr Crouch mentions the words "ALIENATION" but does not mention a peep about the various Black front organizations/ movements for the Democratic Party. "The National Action Network", "Hip Hop Action Network" and "Vote Or Die" ("Rock The Vote") have all attempted to form an alliance with hip hop operatives in order to use them for common political goals. They made the case that they are able to "understand" these young people. That efforts by Dr C. Delores Tucker which directly confronted the ignorance from the "Hip Hop Voice Of The Street Pirate" segment of the genre merely entrenched them into a hardened position. Mr Crouch missed a golden opportunity to make an assessment of these "co-opting" organizations and if they in fact did anything more than get young Black people to the polls to vote as Democrats.
The old saying goes "When sugar is mixed with sh_t. The sh_t retains its integrity but the sugar is ruined". The main flaw with all of these organizations is the flaw with most progressive interventions. In their attempts to RE-PURPOSE the problem child in question they articulated more about what they would do FOR the child so that he would stop acting out more than they can identify what they asked him to do as proof of his commitment to the higher standard that they claimed to be striving for.
My problem with the troop of Black opinion writers is that their race affords them the compulsion to talk about the problems at hand with the Black community but in too many cases their own ideological loyalties prevents them from making the appropriate analysis as to the underlying source of the problem
The REAL PROBLEM is that Wacka Flacka Flame is not the IDEOLOGICAL/POLITICAL threat that a Tea Party is to the Black Progressive Establishment Overlay that controls the Black community's "outrage expression" mechanism. With them INFERIORIZING Black offenders as such - it does matter that when the YouTube video its 2,000,000 hits the work "Nigger" contained within it will have been heard by more White people than the size of Dr Laura's listening audience heard her "disrespect" for Black people. Since the "Hip Hop Voice Of The Street Pirate" is not on the threat report as such - none of this will rise beyond the threat of dust bunnies under the bed.
I will remove the Wacka Flacka Flame video from this blog when I hear CREDIBLE analysis and outrage of it from the usual suspect. Unfortunately Mr Crouch's analysis falls short because he failed to call out the appropriate enablers to this ignorance and their superiorization of ideological threats to Blacks.