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Does Rap Culture Negatively Effect America's Youth?

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1dustpelt
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/4/2012 Category: Society
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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1dustpelt

Pro

I will be arguing that rap culture negatively effects America's youth.

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Round 1 for acceptance only.
No semantics.
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Please use appropriate language. Cursing and insults will be disallowed.
Let this be a formal and civilized debate.

I will wait for someone to accept.
thepotterhead

Con

I accept all the guidelines and I'm looking forward to this debate.
Debate Round No. 1
1dustpelt

Pro

I argue that the cursing, sexual themes, and crime references negatively effects America's youth.

Quoting source 3, "March 3, 2003 -- Teens who spend more time watching the sex and violence depicted in the "reel" life of "gangster" rap music videos are more likely to practice these behaviors in real life, suggests one of the first studies to specifically explore how rap videos influence emotional and physical health.
After studying 522 black girls between the ages of 14 and 18 from non-urban, lower socioeconomic neighborhoods, researchers found that compared to those who never or rarely watched these videos, the girls who viewed these gangster videos for at least 14 hours per week were far more likely to practice numerous destructive behaviors. Over the course of the one-year study, they were:

Three times more likely to hit a teacher
Over 2.5 times more likely to get arrested
Twice as likely to have multiple sexual partners
1.5 times more likely to get a sexually transmitted disease, use drugs, or drink alcohol."

As you can see, modern rap culture is negatively effecting our youth.

http://www.youthradio.org...
http://www.dailycampus.com...
http://www.webmd.com...
thepotterhead

Con

"Teens who spend more time watching the sex and violence depicted in the "reel" life of "gangster" rap music videos are more likely to practice these behaviors in real life, suggests one of the first studies to specifically explore how rap videos influence emotional and physical health."
"Music does not cause or contribute to violence, but is a reaction to it. Music cannot create an emotion that is not already present but only enhance what is there. A person who is prone to violence maybe riled by a particular song, but the desire to commit violence was already there from the beginning." (http://www.helium.com...)
"The truth is that music cannot at any point - create violence. Instead, it expresses politically conscious views with its unique way of mapping the perplexity of the existing political landscape and forcing it to make sense. It makes no difference if it is about hip hop, punk or rock & roll. What it matters is if the political landscape respects all its members regardless of race, religion and political beliefs." (http://www.helium.com...)
Rap is something teens listen to for the rhythm and beat. Violence, cursing, and sexual themes are influenced by peers. Just listening to someone rap about sex or violence is not enough to make the teen go out and do these things. However, if everyone else is doing it, they might make out feel like an outcast if you are not. They might persuade you to join them. Rap songs don't do that.
I conclude that rap has no correlation whatsoever with "the cursing, sexual themes, and crime references" in America's youth.
Debate Round No. 2
1dustpelt

Pro

Rebuttals
"Music does not cause or contribute to violence, but is a reaction to it. Music cannot create an emotion that is not already present but only enhance what is there. A person who is prone to violence maybe riled by a particular song, but the desire to commit violence was already there from the beginning."
It is true that music is a result of violence, but the music helps spread the violence. Because rap is considered "cool" these days, people want to listen to it, thus getting the violent message spread. Because rap music is "cool" people would also want to do what the rap music is about, because they think it's "cool".

"Just listening to someone rap about sex or violence is not enough to make the teen go out and do these things. However, if everyone else is doing it, they might make out feel like an outcast if you are not. They might persuade you to join them. Rap songs don't do that."
Actually, they do. The rap songs portray sex or violence as "cool", and people want to be "cool", thus they will do the things portrayed in rap.

"The truth is that music cannot at any point - create violence. Instead, it expresses politically conscious views with its unique way of mapping the perplexity of the existing political landscape and forcing it to make sense. It makes no difference if it is about hip hop, punk or rock & roll. What it matters is if the political landscape respects all its members regardless of race, religion and political beliefs."
It can. Rap portrays violence and sex as "cool", and convinces people to act that way.

Conclusion
Rap is a bad influence on America's youth. The youth aways want to be what they consider "cool" and rap portrays violence, cursing, and sexual themes as "cool".

Sources:
http://www.youthradio.org...
http://www.dailycampus.com...
http://www.webmd.com...

thepotterhead

Con

thepotterhead forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
1dustpelt

Pro

Why did you accept if you were not going to finish? Forfeit=loss.
thepotterhead

Con

thepotterhead forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
1dustpelt

Pro

Vote Pro I guess.
thepotterhead

Con

thepotterhead forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by zipfenat000 2 years ago
zipfenat000
Rap is sick and lets people express themselves(cliche) but it is true.
Posted by 1dustpelt 2 years ago
1dustpelt
Because when I tried to, it would not let me because I didn't fit the rank and requirments.
Posted by DakotaKrafick 2 years ago
DakotaKrafick
Why didn't you just accept that other guy's challenge?
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Reasons for voting decision: The only problem I have with Pro is that he generalizes "rap" as a culture, when it's an "art" form part of many cultures. To illustrate my point, Gwen Stefani "raps" but she's probably not a part of the "hip hop culture" you mean to describe... Otherwise, Pro's points were convincing and his sources supported his argument. Conduct is tied because, although Con forfeited, Pro's entire second round is a quotation.
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