Originally Posted by Quirk
I don't buy into his whole racial spin on it -- the owners should just dump their troublemakers. The resulting demographics will be whatever they'll be. No, some people won't like it. That's life. It's FOOTBALL, after all.
The guys don't get dumped because they are good at what they do. Until someone else who can do the job as well, without the headaches comes along, the Pacman Joneses and Tank Johnsons will stay gainfully employed by the NFL -- and some owner will always talk him self into why he should gamble on a questionable person. The attitude Whitlock ascribes to hip-hop culture is pervasive and speaks to socio-cultural issues that hip-hop identifies, and youth idolize. Money, respect, not respecting authority, just let me do my thing, my way. Since the music is so tied to the black community, and blacks make up so many of the football players, it's an issue. But the attitude problem is society wide. For example, while you can't blame goth and heavy rock music on the events that happened at Columbine, you can recognize the music speaks to whatever alienation and frustration those suburban kids were feeling. The lyrics, while intended for entertainment, become anthemic and marching orders for some kids. They offer a view of how to deal the world that's romantic and rebellious. The music doesn't hold all white kids the same way, but the number of that resort to the extreme reaction toward society is becoming more common. Simply put, kids need role models to become responsible adults. Parents, teachers, community leaders can't compete with Michael Vick, but it seems too many don't even try.