Barry Bonds Is Upset Because A Bunch Of White Kids In His Daughter's School Got Taped Rapping Explicit Lyrics
I don't want to burst Barry Bonds bubble here, but this isn't racist. It might be wrong, stupid, ignorant, offensive, or some combination of all of those, but it's not racist. The fact of the matter is that white people rapping along with inappropriate lyrics isn't full blown racist until they do so in front of a black person. In fact, I am pretty sure the entire reason the word 'appropriation' exists is so that white people have a way to describe their incessant need to accurately do karaoke without being put in the same class as actual bigots. In a perfect world hip hop songs that are so reliant upon the use of the word "nigga" wouldn't be so catchy, and caucasians everywhere wouldn't have to mind their tongue so often.
Unfortunately that's not the case, but the fact that we do watch our mouths is predicated - almost solely - on the presence of black people. That's just the God's honest truth. Only reason I suppressed my vocals while pulling into my high school parking lot was because I didn't want to unintentionally offend someone and get punched in the face. That was a learned behavior. You know why a bunch of kids at Barry Bonds daughter's school aren't censoring themselves? Because he sent them to a fucking Los Angeles private school that's 98% white. Seeing a black person wandering the halls at Brentwood is like seeing a white girl in a Tyler Perry movie. Without this idiotic footage these presumably drunk, likely entitled white kids stood the same chance of being heard by an African American as I do when I'm singing along with Dr. Dre while driving through a mid-winter snowstorm.
Again, white people should be more aware no matter what the context, but when the context is rap music that happens to feature the 'N' word then I'm a little hesitant to label some kids with the 'R' word. Especially when they are a bunch of 10th graders that have never known anything other than country clubs and have never had anyone around them that would deter such melodic, tasteless language.