Twenty-four hours haven’t even passed since Wednesday night’s shooting incident, yet New York’s top cop declared rap music to be the main culprit in the case.
On Thursday morning, New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton called into radio station WCBS 880 to discuss the shooting. He wasted no time making it known who he felt was behind the violent even:
“The crazy world of the so-called rap artists who are basically thugs that are basically celebrating the violence that they’ve lived all their lives — unfortunately, that violence oftentimes manifests itself during their performances, and that’s exactly what happened last evening…”
Bratton didn’t stop there. He continued to criticize artists and made pointed remarks about what he assumes to be the background of most rappers: “poor” and “desperate”:
“[T]he backgrounds that a lot of these young people that are significant artists in that world, if you will… they continue hanging out with the same people they hung out with when they came out of that world of desperation, poverty, and crime…”
“The music unfortunately oftentimes celebrates violence, celebrates degradation of women, celebrates the drug culture. And it’s unfortunate that, as they get fame and fortune, that some of them are just not able to get out of the life…”