Though the last twenty years has seen many acts of African descent rise to levels once deemed impossible, there are some who believe the representation and handling of Black artists has been anything but favourable of late.
For, according to the creators of a new ‘Change.Org‘ petition launched this month, the game-changing rises of Beyonce, Rihanna, Usher and Alicia Keys see them join a minority of ‘ethnic’ artists whose material hasn’t been used to dirty and downgrade the efforts of their forefathers…at least for the most part.
Now find out why said petitioners have called on record labels to put an end to the alleged efforts they go to to have their black artists disrespect black culture, below…
The petition reads:
“This petition is for our future children and grandchildren. This petition is for our ancestors that sacrificed and died to make things better for us.
We have to let our ancestors know that we will not allow our legacy to be destroyed by corporate America, and we will not allow our legacy to be destroyed by a few greedy music artist that value money more than they value their own people.
When you see bad things happening and don’t say anything it will continue forever. Bad things will only stop when good people take a stand against it.
Record companies the rappers are your EMPLOYEES and you would never allow your EMPLOYEES to make songs that disrespect or degrade the Jewish people, and you would never allow your employees to make songs that disrespect Gays, but you allow your employees to make songs that disrespect and degrade black people.
Record companies you make a profit by allowing rappers to call black people n!gger and n!gga in their songs. Record companies you would never allow rappers to make songs that glorify the killing of Jews or Gays, but you allow rappers to make songs that glorify the killing of blacks, and you profit from it.
The negative rappers value money and material things more than they value the betterment of their own people, they don’t even care about the damage that their music is doing to us as a people. We would never allow whites or any other groups to make songs against us, and we shouldn’t allow blacks to do it either.
People will only do what you allow them to do, and as black people we are at fault to a large degree because for the last 20 years we have allowed record companies and rappers to degrade us as a people and get a way with it.
Just like other groups of people would never allowed themselves to be disrespected it’s time for black people to show the world that we love ourselves as well.
We must send a clear message to those that have exploited us and harmed us as a people. The best way is through legal action or class action lawsuit against any record company, record distributor or music artist that continues to put out those kind of songs.
Stevie Wonder has sold over 100 million records and he never called us n!ggers in his songs. He always called us brothers and sisters in his songs.
Black people we gave the world great music, we gave the world Soul music, Jazz and other forms of music. I refused to stand by and watch our great music legacy be trashed and destroyed before the whole world.
99% of rappers are signed to these record companies and distributors below, this petition is against these companies and their rap artist. These are the names of the executives that run these record companies that degrade blacks.
Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Charles Grainge
Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris
Warner Music Group CEO Stephen F Cooper
Island Def Jam CEO Barry Weiss
Island Def Jam President Steve Bartels
Interscope Geffen A&M Records President John Janick
RCA Records CEO Peter Edge
Virgin EMI Records President Ted Cockle
Atlantic Records CEO Craig Kallman
Young Money President, Dwayne Michael Carter Jr
Cash Money Records CEO’S, Bryan and Ronald Williams
Capitol Music Group CEO Steve Barnett
The FCC is going to be asked to play a major role in this.
Federal Communication Commission (FCC) president, Tom Wheeler
Tell everyone that you know to sign this petition.”