Police in Colorado Blame Local Violence on Hip-Hop

Echoing the recent sentiments of authorities in southern Florida, police in Colorado Springs, Colo. are now blaming a rise in local violence on hip-hop music. According to a report in the New York Times, the Colorado Springs Police Department recently denounced the genre in a July press release following a shooting death, and have warned club owners against playing rap. “We don’t want to broad-brush hip-hop music altogether,” said police spokesman Lt. Skip Arms. “But we’re looking at a subcomponent that typically glorifies, promotes criminal behavior and demeans women.” The city, the second largest in the state, has recently seen an upswing in hip-hop themed parties and events, as well as an increase in violent crime. There have been 19 murders in Colorado Springs during 2007, compared with only 15 for the entire year of 2006.

Since 1990, the city’s population has grown from about 397,000 to nearly half a million. Locals feel that the police department’s attempt to paint hip-hop as a contributing factor to the increased violence is a manifestation of the mostly white, conservative population’s attitudes towards minorities. “If you examine the history of ethnic and race relations in this community, you will detect a pattern of ignorance of minority cultures and problems,” said Dr. Jose J. Barrera, a former director of ethnic studies at Colorado University. “No serious observer believes that current manifestations of youth culture and pop culture actually fuel criminal activity.”

  • Fire

    “Locals feel that the police department’s attempt to paint hip-hop as a contributing factor to the increased violence is a manifestation of the mostly white, conservative population’s attitudes towards minorities. “If you examine the history of ethnic and race relations in this community, you will detect a pattern of ignorance of minority cultures and problems,” said Dr. Jose J. Barrera, a former director of ethnic studies at Colorado University. “No serious observer believes that current manifestations of youth culture and pop culture actually fuel criminal activity.”
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    I couldn’t have said it better myself. I hate that so many white people (I am one) and people period are so ignorant of each other’s cultures. No serious observer believes that current manifestations of youth culture and pop culture actually fuel criminal activity, just like Dr. Barrera said.

  • N.O. 4 life

    they blame hip hop i blame movies

  • ramo

    They blame rap for the murder rate
    But people go to the movies and see murder for seven dollars then they imitate
    What they done seen on Terminator 1 through 3
    Swarchengger’s the Governor we get L-I-F-E
    Z-Ro

  • Can’t Tell Me Nothing

    Hmm, ok if this is true, which I highly feely it ain’t what music do we blame police brutality on? And did these assholes forget that their are movies that project the same image they tryin to blame hip hop on? People kill People. Music doesn’t. By the way, Kanye and 50′s albums tight. However I am bumpin 50′s alot more, sorry Ye.

  • MΦφLAh§

    Here we go again.. blame it on hiphop…Damn… what about the movies.. you see a lot’af action movie out there and they ain’t blamin’ shit. Why blame it on the music when alls that we does is to let people realize what’s out there, what’s really goin on.

  • Vuitton Gotti

    Fuck the cops and whoever else feel like rap the blame for every got damn thang.

  • http://rapaveli.com Ambition-1

    When is America going to stop pointing fingers at everything outside of the problem. Hip hop, rap, gangsta rap, whatever you want to call it is a product of the enviornment, not a reason for it. What’s next maybe they’ll go back and blame slavery and jim crow on hip hop too, a bunch of black people died in that shit!

    rapaveli.com

  • Freddy(Vega$)

    Blame PARENTS AND POLITICS!!!

  • diggsy

    There were people getting murdered long before rap music was even invented. I guess it was heavy metal. It’s not like it was the person’s own decision or anything.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com TonyBee

    You can penpoint VT killer listen to a rock-n-roll band and murder 32 people.you can piece that together,and they didn’t do or say anything about that band.Now punk ass KOPS prove that hip-hop cause this violentS, PEOPLE WERE MURDER IN “83″ AND PEOPLE ARE GETTING MURDER IN 2007.PEOPLE WERE ROBBING WHEN RUN-DMC DROP RAISING HELL AND PEOPLE ARE ROBBING NOW.OH, DO WE SUPPOSE TO TAKE YOUR WORD ON IT.HELL NO PROVE IT.

  • kritiq

    fuck the police! and fuck every white ass cracker blamin hiphop for they own troubles.

  • http://xxlmag.com DARK

    fuck the police all they bring is nothing but more trouble in my comunity harrasing ppl for no reason they even instgigate racial conflicts with blacks and mexicans as if it already isnt bad enough they dont give a fuck if we shoot eachother up look at katraina nobody gave a fuck about them.fuck the police.

  • me nigga

    Dam up north 2. im from florida so you no the crackers down here tryin to stop it. dat why i got 2 twelves and a amp in my trunk and i blast my shit were ever i go

  • http://xxlmag chris

    man i say f**k da police they cant blame what da brovs do on hip hop . what they dont no its part of the struggle in r hoods shit happens but it aint got nothing to do with hip hop sometimes da music we listen to sets us free from the dangas in r life no matter wat it iz it iz r way ti get away from it all

  • http://xxl.com h

    The people who blame hip-hop are so fucking out of touch. They can kiss my ass with blaming hip-hop. Which one was Hitler listening to, Biggie or Tupac when he destroyed over 1million. Kiss my black ass with the blame hiphop bullshit.

  • http://xxl getmoney

    What music do those Middle Easterns listen to. America loves to point fingers at something to take away from the bigger problem. Hip hop is just a reflection of hip hop. Anybody and I mean anybody can write a damn song. Music does not kill people. The strong content music is available for adults. They have the labels on the CD’s. Stop blaming blacks because we getting money.

  • Don L. Rondeau

    Major corporations spend BILLIONS on commericals because they know that music and images DO ABSOLUTELY INFLUENCE BEHAVIOR. Commericials, Jingles, promotions have been proven to be effective ways to influence the way people think. Every major university in the country teaches this. The HIP HOP/ Gangsta Rap industry knows this. They make money from it. The same mentality that justifies selling crack to black children has simply evolved to selling death , despair and destruction legally. Any educated person who tells you that music and images does not influence behavior is WRONG. Be smart of enough to know when you have been sold out.