Martin Luther King Jr.’s Daughter Criticizes Violence and Hip-Hop Culture

In a recent speech at North Carolina Central University, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter, Bernice King, criticized hip-hop culture and called for an end to the violence that has pervaded the community in recent years. King, the youngest daughter of the Civil Rights leader and his wife Coretta Scott King, was the keynote speaker at the University’s January 12 celebration of her father’s birthday. While speaking King took the entertainment industry to task for the unhealthy values she believes they are instilling in today’s youth, commenting that young women should realize that they are not “bitches and whores” and young men “are not dogs, but princes.”
According to The News & Observer, King questioned when people would tire of a “Hip-hop culture that has not done us justice. What’s happened to us is that we have become so enamored by the status quo. And we are letting other people define us, describe us, image us and even brand us. And I will not let that happen to me.”

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    MLK would’ve loved hip-hop, especially Rich Boy’s video for “Throw Some D’s on that Bitch.”

  • deaf blaze

    AMEN ELDER KING! PREACH!

    I DONT EVEN BUY EXPLICT LYRICS CD ANYMORE… JUST GIMME THE CLEAN VERSION AND LET ME RIDE IN PEACE MY FELLOW KINGS AND QUEENS!!

  • deaf blaze

    u wrong for that Bol! I not even laughing (folding my arms and shaking my heads atcha!)

  • deaf blaze

    U ARE DEAD WRONG FOR THAT BOL!

    I AM NOT LAUGHING! I AM FOLDING MY ARMS AND SHAKING MY HEADS ATCHA!

    U is no different from Star and bucwild!

  • KAnthony

    I don’t necessarily agree whole heartedly with her statements. Hip Hop is not the total blame for what is going on in our (black) society but we do need to do something as a people to raise ourselves to higher levels. We are losing too many of our young people because we don’t seem to care about one another. WAKE UP BLACK FOLKS! If anyone is interested then read the book “Forty Million Dollar Slaves”. It will really open your eyes.

  • EReal

    Man I dont get it. Wouldnt MLK realize that there is a reason people are saying these things and acting this way? Its because its what they see, what they feel, or what they feel like saying. 1st ammendment, and I think MLK would be happy that Young Black Men are in the position to speak their mind and make the kinda money they’re making now. I dont think however, that MLK would CONDONE this type of thing, but he also wouldnt CONDEMN it. MLK would try to understand and speak to the artists themselves, not speak out against another black culture.
    People take shit all too seriously. Just because rappers say this or that, it doesnt mean everyone in america is soo ignorant that they would think, oh this is how all black people must be.
    Girls are bitches and hoes alot of the time, so fuckin deal with it. I know plenty of girls that would admit and even brag that they’re a bitch. Thats just how it is, its the girl’s choice to be a bitch or a hoe and they can choose not to be those things. How about the parents get on their fuckin jobs and raise their kids right and they wont hafta blame this one or that one for how fucked up today’s youth is.
    MLK wouldnt have attacked a part of his own culture like this, like I said he would have tried to understand it. His daughter was always weak anyway, his son has more guts.IMO.

    Bol you’re an asshole.(Extra no Bol watching “My Sweet 16″ while dressed like a 16 year old girl.)

    1 hunned.

  • http://XXL Big Gee

    I respect everything the MLK was about and I am a fan of hip-hop. But according to the rumor mill MLK had an abundance of women during his years of I have a Dream etc etc. The fact of the matter is people have to learn how to seperate imagery from reality and this country has a history of its people wanting to be entertained.

  • eshizzy

    You know what, thats fucked up to ridicule Dr. King, he lost his life defending freedom for african- americans and yall dont apreciate shit. Its ignorant people like you that make
    hip hop look bad
    -truth-

  • jacquez
  • creepa 101

    fuck all yall bitches and hoes dawg..!

  • derfla the hus’la

    its jus entertainment!!!!!!!

  • harlemmoney

    One thing. Rap and HipHOp is two different animals… Hip hop is a culture and a way of life. Rap is the commercialization of an art form. hiphop is the expressions, thought, ideas, creativity, the whole mantra of what makes the inner city yourth tick and stay alive. Rap is not. what you see on TV is rap. Kings. daughter is beefing about the wrong subjects. She should have said something about Rob Johnson ex bet owner about all of the porn type booty shaking videos etc. inthe past 20 years. Why wasn’t he made accountable? F*ck what she has to say. The lady is now living a a fairy tale world that was created for her. Real world Black issues is something she knows nothing about. For thoise of you who disagree. Too ad. I call it like I see it. Why condemn you people with harsh words. if it wasn’t for hiphop more of our soldiers would be in jail or committing heinous crimes. Don’t hate on the culture. Go and holla at the artists and maybe she will get better results.
    I am out

  • J.R.O.

    Real T.

  • dneroda1
  • http://www.xxlmag.com Mike from the Wood

    damn somebody got to expose what goes out here in these streets Thats what hip hop is for

    Texas Baby

  • Da Truth

    She’s right…Hip-Hop is making kids think life is a video shoot – fast living, fast money.

  • MLK HATES RAP

    Actually, if MLK was still alive he say this about Hip-Hop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq-IbMeLq1M

  • Hurricane Game

    MLK, Malcom X would’ve loved hip hop. I can see it nowMLK makin a guest appearance in the Tipdrill video havin a good time. And Malcom X would of related to some of the shit they rap (no bol watching white rapper show)

  • jon jon–23

    Bol is a white K.K.K. member. No black man would joke about a man that is responsible for blacks being able to eat in public resturants, use public restrooms, and have a lot of the rights we take for granted today. I grew up on rap, but I have to say, I don’t believe Dr. King would agree with what rap represents today. You can say what you want about rap not having an effect on the youth but we all know that is not true. Kids talk, walk, and dress rap. They also have a rap mentality. These artists don’t care as long as they are getting paid.

  • lol

    HOITY TOITY NUKKAS

    ANYWAYS , HIPHOP AINT A CULTRE ..ITS A GENRE OF MUSIC

  • D.Nastee

    If leaders of the ’60′s were still around now…Alot of the music wouldn’t be the same…The reason we are where we’re now socially and what-not is because we don’t have the leaders of the yester-years… MLK…Huey P. and Malcolm X are HUMAN and yes everyone has sins but they’d have this whole life changed around…and that’s fa reals!!!

  • CEE

    THIS CULTURE HAVE NOT DONE THE COMMUNITIES JUSTICE. LET’S BE REAL, RAPPING ABOUT SEX, VIOLENCE, DRUGS, ECT. WHAT HAS THIS DONE FOR OUR COMMUNITIES? ALL I SEE IS YOUNG MEN DROPPING OUT OF SCHOOL TO SELL DOPE, FORNICATION, AIDS, ECT. REMEMBER YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW. THESE ARTISTS ARE SOWING A SEED THAT IS DEFINITELY GOING TO COME TO REAP CORRUPTION. I DON’T NECESSARILY AGREE WITH MLK BECAUSE HE DID NOT BELIEVE IN THE BIBLICAL MORAL STANDARDS OF THE BIBLE.

  • http://www.myspace.com/therapistmusic therapist

    niggas only used to what they used to..

    i love hip hop but i can only defend it to a certain extent..

    at some point people have to realize that the only reason we like the shit that we like in hip hop (sex, drugs, violence) is because that’s what the white people in power have decided to push to us…

    if record labels pushed tribe called quest and a bunch of positive rapper clones down our throats for all these years, hip hop, and thus black culture as a whole, would be totally different…

    that’s the point she was trying to make when she said “Hip-hop culture that has not done us justice. What’s happened to us is that we have become so enamored by the status quo. And we are letting other people define us, describe us, image us and even brand us.”

    the other people she is speaking of are white

    peace and wake up

  • LANDIGGY

    Man this is probaly the best blog xxl ever put on here I agree 110% with her I am a rap nut but it is negative in alot of ways you can say what you want its just music but I know different I would not have start smoking weed, selling drugs or been shot if it wasnt for this music I did not have alot of postive people around me so in a way I was raised by this shit and it sat me back in life Im old enough now to take it for just music now but when all your peers are doing smething so negative and its being gloryfied its hard to go another way .Call me what you want but I can say that rap or “most rap” is bad for young blacks period.If you can disagree with that look at how you dress the way you talk hell your on a hip hop website.

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    My Effin’ Opinion is that MLK would have liked hip hop to an extent just as Al Sharpton does. He likes some/doesn’t like (or condone) others …

    But I’ll tell you one thing … He would NEVER put up with the casual use of the word “Nigga”, I don’t care how much you try to explain the connotation.

  • realtalk

    a few of yall said it earlier, and i’ma just reiterate: rap is the worse thing for the young black community. notice i didn’t say hip hop, of which rap is considered a branch, and when i say “rap” I am referring to what is being pushed the most by the mainstream and has the most exposure: young jeezy, rick ross, etc.
    The big problem is IT IS GETTING WORSE. The south has set a new low. and before i go on, let me add I am from the south. the New York-style of rap has been filled with glorification of drug-selling, violence, and misogyny for a long time. And that was the mold that the powers that be pumped at us: the rapper-huslter. But now, the image the south is pushing isn’t just about drug-hustling- its about ignorance. Many of the southern rappers don’t appear intelligent at all (with some notable exceptions such as luda, lil wayne, etc.) At least when the negative shit being pushed from up north was coming out, the rappers had some talent.
    And MLK WOULD BE SICKENED BY THIS SHIT. Boondocks was on point with that one. The best thing that could happen to hip hop is for rap to no longer be a profitable occupation. that way there would be no more “i’m not an artist, i’m a hustler” bullshit out there.

  • James

    She needs to realize that hip hop is more than just calling girls bitches and hoes. Its more than violence. Artists are just expressing themselves and talking about what they see in everyday life. HIP HOP is giving Blacks a voice in America. People are listening to us now. These “explicit lyrics” are making them listen. That is what Dr. King fought for right? Plus not all artists call girls bitches and hoes. Maybe she should listen to artists like that and then she can really talk about hip hop.

  • THEONE

    MAN i’m sick and tired of hearing you fuck’n goodie
    two shoe ass niggas talk about how violent hip hop is.
    Violence has been around way before hiphop even started.This music is the sound track to our lives.It’s a
    culture.I live in L.A. the home of gang bang’n.when tookie williams and all them O.G.s were on the street
    there was no such thing as hiphop. People have been getting shot and killed way before the music even existed.So all you dumb asses need to shut the hell up about that even if it is Martin Luther Kings daughter.I will not sit back and let anyone disresect my culture.IT isn’t the music thats hurts us as black people.It’s ignorant ass niggas who fuck it up for black people
    There have been ignorant ass people since forever
    so why blame hiphop?people need to stop looking for things to place the blame on and take responsibility
    for their own actions.HIPHOP and guns dont kill people.ignorant ass people kill people!

  • doctor69

    shut your corny ass up If Malcolm and Martin was alive today the rap not hip hop world would call them haters remember if you would have called a woman a bitch or a black man a nigga you would have got dropped by Malcolm sercurity take it from the nephew of one Malcolm X’s bodyguards