Freedom of Expression and Rap Music Essay

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Many issues have come up regarding what rights and actions are protected under the First Amendment. Rap music should not be restricted on the television despite much controversy over the idea. Bok says that some acts cause debates, although people may disagree with it doesn't mean it should be taken away. There should be no restrictions held against playing of rap music. Music that we listen to constructs the sound track of our lives. The number one killer in creative speech is censorship. Censorship in music is a topic that has brought about much controversy in the past two decades. "Preventing or punishing speech?is a clear violation of the First Amendment." (Censorship. Opposing Viewpoints by, Greehaven Press page…show more content…
(Zhar). Lawrence states that ?Blacks and other people of color are skeptical about the argument that even the most injurious speech must remain unregulated because, in an unregulated marketplace of ideas, the best ones will rise to the top and gain acceptance. If the music is found to be so bad, then why are the parents not using the channel blocker on the channels that allow the music. Deciding what children should see and hear in my opinion is a parent's chore and right to decide, not the governments. ?As long as gratuitous violence and sex aren't being seen with Saturday morning cartoons, then what we have now is fine. When parents choose to ignore the ratings that are displayed on CD's, movies and television shows, and their children view or hear something graphic, it is the parents fault not the artist's. There is no doubt that everything we hear and see in the media isn't going to rub us the right way but, that's the beauty of the first amendment? (Mariah Carey). Like Kilbourne states kids are easily influenced by what they hear and see. Not all rap music is about swearing, degrading woman and so forth. Many songs actually have meanings that the rappers try to portray to people. When artists create music that is senseless it can cloud people's judgment towards the music type they are representing. A lot of rappers rap about cars, jewelry, sex, and murder and refer to themselves as "keeping it real". So many people believe that rap music is based

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