From The New Republic
It has been fashionable in the wake of Wade Michael Pageâs tragic acts in Wisconsin to speculate on whether the White Power music he listened to helped stoke him into the senseless murders he committed. Such speculations, however, are as incoherent as they are pointlessâand they are marked, above all, by a cloying air of self-congratulation.
A comparison with another musical genre helps put the debate into relief. Indeed, in assessing White Power musicâs influence on Page, it helps to acknowledge that rap musicâsavored by people of all colors, ranging in age from âyouthâ to middle-agedâhas its own tendency to celebrate the indefensible. Some practitioners casually boast about hurting womenâwhether attacking a partner during intercourse (Camâron, âBoy, Boyâ), or kicking a woman in the stomach to make her abort (Joe Budden, âConfessions IIâ) and, of course, all varieties of maiming and murder.
Read more at The New Republic