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Johnson Says Concern Should be on Public Policy, Not Rap Lyrics

Cedric Johnson, assistant professor of political science, urged Americans to “Turn attention from rap lyrics to real culprits for societal ills” in an editorial in the Thursday, March 24, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

“The debate over rap music resembles previous generational spats over jazz, zoot suits, comic books and rock and roll and their allegedly corrupting influence on youths,” wrote Johnson. “Certainly, as parents and citizens, we should all condemn misogynistic, homophobic and violent tendencies in some contemporary rap music as well as instances of criminal misconduct by artists. However, this latest panic over the corruption of youths operates form flawed assumptions about learning and behavior and ultimately drains energy from addressing the root causes of contemporary social problems.”