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Ice-T “Rap Put Barack Obama In The Presidency”

In a 13 June 2012 interview with the TODAY show, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, Ice-T, actor, director, former rapper, was asked if rap had a negative influence in anyway on the culture, he responded, “It’s totally positive; it’s brought the races together; it put Barack Obama in the presidency. Ya know, if it wasn’t for rap, white people wouldn’t have been so open to vote for somebody like Barack Obama. But it was hip-hop 20-30 years ago that got people willing to vote. You know, there are only 10% black people in the United States. White people voted for Barack.”

— Giffords interrupts, “well you would think it was because they thought he was a good candidate and not because he was black.”

Ice-T quickly responds, “well, that had to happen after their eyes were opened up, and hip-hop is what brought us together, hip-hop is what took down a lot of those boundaries; music did that.”

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We wonder if Ice-T Is Aware of the Following

While the very talented and interesting Ice-T has done well (and good for him) these last four years, what about the rest of the African-American community?

Northwestern University professor Aldon Morris, writes in the authoritative Contemporary Sociology: “Social conditions for poor and working-class blacks have actually worsened since Obama took office … The black/white wealth gap has widened; the black unemployment rate has risen to alarming proportions, especially in inner cities; the home foreclosure crisis has hit the black community with fiercely disproportionate consequences; poor black and brown communities continue to be devastated by crime. The murder of black and brown youth is commonplace, even just blocks from Obama’s Chicago mansion and his new home in the stately White House. At the same time, public education for blacks has deteriorated drastically … Above all, the massive incarceration of black and brown people during the first decade of the twenty-first century has been so crippling for those communities that it has been diagnosed as the New Jim Crow.”

How African-Americans Are Faring Under Obama

• As of June, the African-American unemployment rate is a staggering 14.4% (was 11.9% Dec 2008), with Latinos and Hispanics having an unemployment rate of about 11.0% (was 9.2% Dec 2008), while the unemployment rate for whites is 7.4% (was 6.6% Dec 2008).
• From 2009 through 2011, black minimum wage workers swelled 16.6%, while whites had only 5.2% more minimum wage workers. ((source)
• Foreclosure rates in 2011 for African-Americans was 9.8% versus 5.0% for whites, or almost double.

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