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Rev. Al Sharpton’s “Day of Outrage” Against Hip-Hop Lyrics Spanned 20 Cities Yesterday

sharpton.jpgRev. Al Sharpton fulfilled his promise to lead a nationwide protest against hip-hop music yesterday (August 7). Spanning 20 U.S. cities, the national “Day of Outrage” against vulgar and demeaning hip-hop lyrics was spearheaded by Sharpton’s National Action Network’s “Decency Initiative.” Protests occurred in Detroit, Mich., Dallas, Texas and New York City, as angry fans called for the banishment of words such as “nigga,” “ho” and “bitch.” 80 people joined Rev. Sharpton in Detroit, while 150 people marched outside of the Virgin Megastore in Times Square. “We’re talking about Viacom, Time Warner, Vivendi,” Sharpton told the Associated Press yesterday. “The opposition has tried to use the argument of free speech, but they don’t have the freedom to use peoples’ pension funds against their own will and interest.”

According to the National Action Network, if record companies do not comply with the public’s demands for censoring hip-hop lyrics, state governments across the country should divest their pension funds from record labels. “New York state has $3 billion invested in companies that use words like nigga, bitch and ho,” Rachel Noerdlinger, spokeswoman for the National Action Network told amNY. “They need to quit.”

In an interview with the Associated Press, Rev. Sharpton went even further to question the motives of record companies that release offensive hip-hop music. “Every record company has what they call a lyrics committee, where they screen lyrics to make sure they’re not against police, or gays, or Jews,” he said. “Well how come they’re clearing lyrics against blacks and women?”

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