Senate Candidate Blames Hip-Hop For Gun Violence, Studies Show Different

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Mississippi GOP Senate candidate, Chris McDaniel, blamed rising gun violence on a “hip-hop” culture while on a promotional run for his Christian conservative radio program, Right Side Radio.

“The reason Canada is breaking out with brand new gun violence has nothing to do with the United States and guns,” said McDaniel “It has everything to do with a culture that is morally bankrupt. What kind of culture is that? It’s called hip-hop.”

He also proceeds to state that hip-hop is also a major reason for failing schools and broken communities. ”Name a redeeming quality of hip-hop,” states Chris “I want to know anything about hip-hop that has been good for this country. And it’s not—before you get carried away—this has nothing to do with race. Because there are just as many hip-hopping white kids and Asian kids as there are hip-hopping black kids. It’s a problem of a culture that values prison more than college; a culture that values rap and destruction of community values more than it does poetry; a culture that can’t stand education. It’s that culture that can’t get control of itself.” You can listen to the audio right below

Well a recent study done by The Wire contradicts those stereotypical claims. The research uses an algorithm that correlates crime data from the FBI in comparison with the top charting singles in popular music over the past 3 decades. The results are compelling, and provide a valid, statistic-backed argument that as hip-hop culture gains popularity the rates of both crime and violent crime decline. Check out the compelling report for yourself here. Knowledge is power.

[via Mother Jones]
[via The Wire]

  • SS87

    Another out of touch dummy. Does this doofus not realize that a lot of the current biggest names in rap are some of the softest as well? Big Sean, Kanye, Drake, and Meek Mill using Bow Wow as a backpack aren’t causing anybody to get killed. That’s what happens when you have a crowd who doesn’t listen to rap/hip hop having the nerve to comment on it. Stay in your lane dummies.

    • WZNM

      Yep, Variety like Common, The Roots, Outkast even Drake on and on….Thats like saying the 9 O’CLOCK news, CSI, LAW & ORDER made society what it is…..unreal!!!

  • I need more cowbell

    All these rappers rap about street violence, murdering people, and selling drugs. but when they get jumped or shot its like super sad and stuff. for example 2 chainz. He deserved to get jumped cuz his rapping sucks. or those other rappers who got shot.
    If your about that life then if you get shot its karma bitch.
    Only rapper i except from this list is lupe fiasco and Nas cuz they rap about real shit.

    • I need more cowbell

      Also of course rap music is gonna influence young people into committing crime. Rappers glamorize violence and drugs. And black kids without fathers to teach and guide them are more susceptible to be influenced by rap music.
      Its a never ending cycle of perpetuating a criminal lifestyle.

      • icon kain

        if that is the case. Then every form of ROCK N ROLL should be banned first. They are not that far apart. They sing about the same thing, sex,money,women,drugs, crime