Hip Hop Generation v. Civil Rights Generation
Watched my first episode of BET's Cousin Jeff Chronicles and I have to admit, BET got it right for once.
Hosted by Jeff Johnson, former University of Toledo's first Black President of the UT Student Body, the show covers a variety of topics important to the African American Community. Sunday's installment was an interesting discussion about the generational gap between the Hip Hop Generation and the Civil Rights Generation.
After the show and a bombass Sunday dinner (thanks Mom), I discussed the topic myself with my mother. It occured to me that the gap was created when we relied less on our family and more on the State for our well being:
- The introduction of Public assistance v. Family assistance.
- Integrated Public Schools v. Segregated Schools.
Furthermore, our culture relied more on Television than Community to define Who We Are.
The show focused a lot on what the Hip Hop community is doing to tear down the efforts of the Civil Rights Movement. I wish they had discussed in greater detail how the CR Generation failed in their responsibilities to prepare us to carry the Torch/the Struggle.
I even asked my mother if her generation resented the Hip Hop generation. She didn't answer my question directly, but by describing the major differences in education, lifestyle, socio economic structures, I couldn't see why my Mother and her peers Couldn't Resent Us.
Look at how Spoiled and Previliged we are compared to how they were at our age. Look at how hard they worked to get what they have yet we squandor such previleges daily.
In addition, we are forced to Compete with these same individuals in the work place. The best illustration of this is in the Public Sector; where Young Adults are forced to Wait in Line or Pay Their Dues before they advance...more often than not, they are unable to advance because they are Road-blocked (better yet Cock-Blocked) by a member of the Civil Rights Movement.