Pangloss Posted April 24, 2007 Share Posted April 24, 2007 60 Minutes ran a fascinating piece this past week about the movement, primarily in poor African American communities, called "Stop Snitchin'". The general idea of this movement, which has widespread support, is to stop people from cooperating with police in any way, from plea agreements to eyewitness testimony. You can watch the entire 13-minute video segment at this URL: http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?channel=60Sunday A "print" version of the story is available here: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/04/19/60minutes/main2704565.shtml The Wikipedia has a writeup of the phenomenon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_snitchin The 60 Minutes story featured video clips of rapper after rapper passing the slogan on not only in their music lyrics, but also during interviews and awards ceremony speeches. This isn't just something that a few malcontents are playing around with. It's a real influence on the community. Fortunately it's being opposed by some in mainstream black leadership. But it's also being ignored by other black leaders. One of the more interesting aspects of it is the charge of corporate involvement. Rappers can get away with this, essentially, because the music industry polices itself through its content ratings system, which ostensibly warns parents of dangerous influences, but which prevents nothing. But even accepting a first-amendment argument here, there would seem to be a point to be made that corporations are benefitting at the expense of real harm that's being done to the institution of justice in America. Frankly I think it's one of the most eggregious cases of "two wrongs making a right" that one can imagine. What do you all think? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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