Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Special, "Too Black, Too Strong" Edition

How Soon We Forget
Back before punk was Good Charlotte and emo was anything that wasn't rap, Born Against once sang, "See the white wreckage the ones who couldn't afford to leave, the white pride working poor who are really live and work with the ones we all hate, who can remember when their neighborhood looked brighter but somehow forget that Italians used to be niggers and the Irish were the spics." The point, never lost on MCNS, is that when traditionally discriminated and marginalized ethnic groups finally gain a degree of economic, political, and cultural legitimacy, they suddenly and completely forget what it was like to be on the bottom. Case in point: in Atlanta over two dozen black pastors voiced their opposition to gay marriage, making a point to refute the often implied parallels between the Gay Rights and Civil Rights movements. African-American studies professor Rev. Clarence James said, "When the homosexual compares himself to the black community, he doesn't know what suffering is." The 29 pastors also signed a declaration, to be given to state law makers who are currently considering a Constitutional ban, stating that "same-sex marriage is not a civil right, and marriage between a man and a woman is important because it's necessary for the upbringing of children." The statement goes on to say, "To equate a lifestyle choice to racism demeans the work of the entire civil rights movement." If I could step into the Way, Way Back Machine for a second here I do believe that the civil rights movement was sparked by a minority group who actively protested the stereotypes, institutionalized bias, fear, and hatred of American society at-large, often enduring beatings, rape, humiliating slurs, and death as a result. Now tell me again how that's any different from the Gay Rights movement. Oh, my bad. This is their CHOICE. Right...

Who Shot Ya?
Seven years after the fact the FBI is finally pursuing former LAPD Det. Russell Poole's (the detective originally assigned to the case) theories into the Notorious B.I.G.'s murder. Poole, who resigned from the force after disputes with LAPD superiors over their handling of the case, believes that history's greatest monster, former Death Row records head Marion "Suge" Knight, orchestrated the killing as a cover-up for his murder of Tupac. According to Poole, Knight wacked Tupac for threatening to leave the label and take his back catalog with him. He then had Biggie offed in an attempt to make the killings look like the result of East coast-West coast rap rivalries (remember that shit?). Guess somebody over at the FBI finally rented that Nick Broomfield documentary.

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