Originally created 06/18/97

Asks `Baby Face' to sing different tune

After 378 years of struggle and resistance against forces ranging from legal slavery to systemic assaults through education, environmental and judicial means, African-Americans continue to rise to the occasion. In the wake of redistricting of our Southern-most areas to the church burnings across this country, we now face genocide through our music. That force which once gave us hope now claims our youngest talent through homicide - i.e. Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.

This is a frontal assault on black youth in a serious time of welfare reform, and a record breaking epidemic of teen pregnancy Ä but along comes the song "My Baby's Daddy," by B-Rock and The Biz.

No other self respecting people would allow this song to feed a corrupt spirit that already affects our youth. One only needs to look at the break down of the black family, the disrespect for the black church, and an increase of black on black violence to see that these lyrics are harmful, undermining, and self destructive.

Please join with us as we respond to producer Kenneth "Baby Face" Edmonds, who was recently cited by Time as one of the 25 most influential people in the country. Let us let him know that we would like for him to use his influence in another way.

Terence A. Dicks, Augusta

(Editor's note: The writer is a spokesperson for Blacks Against Black Crime.)

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