About twenty or thirty years ago
(20-30?! ?shut up!), the youts decided that gangsta and jersey and vulgar and fear and violence and pride and BADASS was a nice, feel-good, top-o-the-foodchain kinda thang.
According to sociologist Jackson Katz, young black males
sampled attitude and behavior from east coast organized crime stereotypes,
young white males borrowed from young black males,
young women played along in order to be cool.
And while there have been thousands of books written about police brutality, black on black crime, poverty and disenfranchisement, self-determination, affirmative action, the way of nonviolence, hate and love...
the kids continue to follow the lead of the [vapid, filthy corrupt greedy manipulative, ultra violent] media, embracing much that is in-your-face, lewd, nasty, proud, badass.
media that are NOT depraved and revolting are impugned as weak, puritan, and hopelessly old fashioned....
OK back to Compton...
Those connected with the aging NWA, no doubt at least partially prompted by current affairs, have released a biopic recounting some of the issues around the badass scene that came outta a very dangerous place to live out on the west coast.
The movie has opened to generally positive reviews. It was full of humor, and the poignancy and politics and music notwithstanding, there was more laughter than any resentful anger at the showing i attended; (i cannot understand the need for increased police presence at theatres after the show, as some newspapers reported)...
The attitude represented in the flick has over time, to a certain depth, gone mainstream.
George Will, in his column, Trump is a Counterfeit Republican, states
"...Because the actual Donald Trump is wealthy, he can turn himself into an unprecedentedly and incorrigibly vulgar presidential candidate. It is his right to use his riches as he pleases. His squalid performance and its coarsening of civic life are costs of freedom that an open society must be prepared to pay...."
Prepared to pay?!
we are reaping what has been sown.