Is Country Music Racist?

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Racism. Think about that word for a second.

Does it give you the heeby-jeebies? 

Racism is a touchy subject, but some celebrities have spoken up about it and blamed country music for harboring it. 

Here’s the proof.

Jim James, frontman of My Morning Jacket, weighed in on this subject, calling modern country music stupid and racist.

“I feel like modern country is deliberately dumbing down the human race,” he told Rolling Stone. “They’re deliberately making people take glory in being uneducated and racist, and it’s just sad. I think it’s absolute mind control.”

Harsh, to say the least.

Let’s keep going and see what others have said about country music being racist.

Howard Stern always has something to say, and he sure did in this case. In his 1997 biographical movie, “Private Parts,” he talked about his confusion about country music. He doesn’t understand it “because I went to college and I never drove a truck [or] had sex with my daddy’s sister.”

At the end of season 10 of American Idol, when Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina were the finalists, he said, “Horrible f*****g country music is for people who are not that good. Country fans accept mediocre s**t. Those songs can’t possibly move you. You’re soulless if you think that’s music; you’re seriously f****d up if you think that’s music. . . It seems racist to me, that cowboy hat. I see that and I see a guy who wants to lynch a person of color.”

“It seems racist to me, that cowboy hat. I see that and I see a guy who wants to lynch a person of color.”

Ouch. 

So what’s the other side have to say about this? For that, we look to some country music fans.

A Yahoo! user named “soopdupe” posted in a Yahoo! Answers chat room for advice on something.

country musicIn case you can’t read it, it says:

“I am an African American and I like Courtry Music and I am [considering] going to a very BIG [annual] Country music event in Detroit called the Hoedown. It is a 3 day event where many Country music [artists] perform. I ask this question because I do not want to go where I am not wanted or may be in danger. Please, Country music fans be honest with me. I [am] sure some [may] be but is it [widespread] and common knowledge? PLEASE ONLY SERIOUS ANSWERS!!! THANK YOU.”

First, the fact that an black person is worried about going to a country music festival says something. 

And here is the answer voted the best and given five stars by soopdupe:

country musicHere’s what it says:

“He succeeded in country music in the 1970’s when Obama was still carrying his books to school. A great feat considering he was also African-American at a time when segregation was still very fresh in the minds of the country. If you haven’t heard of him check him out. He’s one of the great icons of country music.- see:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charley_Pri…

“Most [mainstream] country music fans are easy going friendly people. They like the music just the same as you and I. – I think you would be more than welcome. Be proud of who you are and enjoy the music. – You have the right to enjoy it too. Obviously there can sometimes be [badasses] in any crowd [anywhere] regardless of race, music preferences, sports, or religion. Some Afro-American Rappers have an equally bad reputation just as those greasy pimply white – cowboy-hatted rednecks do. I think you will be fine at a big festival and I don’t think you will be the only lone African-American there that likes country music. Enjoy.”

“Obviously there can sometimes be [badasses] in any crowd [anywhere] regardless of race, music preferences, sports, or religion. Some Afro-American Rappers have an equally bad reputation just as those greasy pimply white – cowboy-hatted rednecks do. I think you will be fine at a big festival and I don’t think you will be the only lone African-American there that likes country music. Enjoy.”

So, what do you think? Is the culture of country music encouraging racism?

 

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