June 9, 2010

Marc Lamont Hill Responds to Slim Thug's Feelings About Black Women in Vibe Magazine Interview

"Most single Black women feel like they don’t want to settle for less. Their standards are too high right now. They have to understand that successful Black men are kind of extinct. We’re important. It’s hard to find us so Black women have to bow down and let it be known that they gotta start working hard; they gotta start cooking and being down for they man more. They can’t just be running around with their head up in the air and passing all of us."

This is only a part of the not so clean Vibe Magazine interview. (So be warned!)

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, an Associate Professor of Education at Columbia University and a frequent contributor on the FOX News Network, has responded to the Slim Thug interview in an open letter and says 'How much more down do you want Black Women to be?'.

In part of his response, Dr. Hill, takes aim at the relentless attack of the media on the psyche of Black women..."Over the last year, we’ve seen countless TV shows, movies, and bestselling books telling Black women how broken they are, how ugly they are, why they don’t have a man, and how they need to behave. Instead of adding to this pile of pain and ignorance, I would encourage you to turn the mirror on yourself. How does the image of the pimp / player / baller / dopeboy promoted in your music help to create the “gold diggers” that you badmouth in your interviews?"

Dr. Hill's open letter is timely and hopefully sheds some light on comments often made, taken casually and undoubtedly in a light manner. Some may even suggest that comments like Slim Thug's have potentially damaging effects. There's no doubt they are damaging, especially when they are left unchecked. Good job Dr. Hill, continue to 'check up on it'; those things in the media that need to be checked.

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