Leonard Pitts, Jr. wrote a fantastic editorial piece in today’s Miami Herald. The man’s a stellar writer, and his views on the black community are always insightful and well-reasoned, and today’s piece was no different.
In it, Pitts talks about how some of the biggest names in hip-hop (Ludacris, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent) are up in arms because Oprah won’t give them airtime on her program. He then goes on to explaine exactly why that might be, citing misogyny and violent anti-social rhetoric.
I think he sums it up best here:
“You cannot curse people and expect them to support you, cannot offend them then ask them to welcome you. I’m reminded of what mama always said about respect: you got to give some to get some.”
It’s a fine read, and you’d do well to ask your paper to carry his column. It’s one of the few bright spots on the local rag‘s editorial page.