I Don’t Like Rap Music Because I’m Racist

Any time I say “I don’t like rap music” whoever I’m talking to immediately says “well, you must be racist.” Does this happen to any body else? Should I be worried? Is this something that happens to people of other races?

Of course, not liking rap because I’m racist rests on three very shaky assumptions:

1) I decide what music to listen to based soley on the performers’ skin color

2) African Americans ONLY perform rap music.

3) People of any other race NEVER perform rap.

It’s kind of silly when you think about it. I’m a fan of many black artists; just not rappers. I Alice in Chainsenjoy Chuck Berry, Bo Diddly, Robert Johnson, Leadbelly, John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Prince, Death, Bad Brains, Living Color and God Forbid.

In fact, my favorite band is now fronted by an African-American gentleman.

Of course I’m also not a fan of Eminem, Vanilla Ice, Macklemore, Machine Gun Kelly, Pall Wall, Snow or Marky Mark.

But I don’t mean for this to be an argument against my being racist. I am racist, just watch me picking sides for basketball. I’m just not racist with regards to what music I listen to.

I'l put money on them.

I’l put money on them.


11 thoughts on “I Don’t Like Rap Music Because I’m Racist

  1. Pingback: The Next Big Thing? | The Audible Stew

        • I was wondering about that. In America it’s still a pretty big deal and it’s still something you hear about all the time. They said that having Barack Obama elected president ushered in an age of post-racialism, but I think it just made things worse. Now aside from not liking the president based on ideological views, values or party affiliation; you can also not like him for his skin color.


          • I read a good deal of American news sites, and for sure, on some sites you say a story with a racial slant every day, be it a crime or scandal. Not to say Canadians are saints since Rob Ford has said plenty of racially charged things. But another thing I noticed as an outsider…even when a story has nothing to do with race, the comments section often goes to that subject. “This wouldn’t have happened if he/she was white/black/etc.” Just an observation.

            I grew up in a very white/catholic neighborhood. I never saw a black kid until I was 10 years old! Things have changed a lot since that time, but it just was never really something I thought about.


            • Yeah, I don’t think it should be as big of a deal as it is. I’m sure I don’t think about it as much as some.
              My take though is that is exists, so I’d like to find some humor in it. Like Mel Brooks did in Blazing Saddles.


              • Absolutely! (reminding me that I’d like to get that new collector’s edition)

                I believe I have said this before on my own blog many times — you have to learn to laugh, in life. I’m part Italian and I still think this old Italian joke is classic:

                “Did you hear about that new Italian racing tire? Dego forwards, dego backwards, but when dego flat, dego wop wop wop wop wop.”


  2. The fact that you think of yourself as a racist, to me, is a racist thought…also, Darius Rucker is a black man, who sings and plays Country music… he is surely extorting someone…


    • Yeah, that’s a good point.
      I can’t say I care much for Hootie (with or without the blow fish), but he is pretty good at what he does. Charley Pride was another black man who played country music. The main point of this post is I don’t think musical taste is something based on race. Music is something that comes from within and resonates with you personally, so while I wouldn’t say Eminem is “trying to be black” I also wouldn’t call Darius Rucker an “Uncle Tom.” Does that make sense (even if it is horribly offensive)?


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