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Mar 14th 2007 8:04AM OK, I understand Warren Garrison's point about not wanting to be subjected to something he finds repulsive. I personally am not a fan of rap music because I do believe that much of is degrading to women and far too violent and sexually aggressive. I do however disagree with the idea that it is only associated with black people or that it is the cause of violence and drugs. It's as if Warren is under the impression that people (perhaps in his mind black people in particular) are so easily brainwashed as to be susceptible to the promotion of violence in music. I guess we should also censor video games, movies, the news, books, the internet and any other form of mass communication that might reach the "weak minded denizens of the ghetto" (read the phrase in quotations with some sarcasm please). In all honesty if Jay-Z or 50 Cent and the like are the real reason people deal drugs and visit violence upon others then maybe I need to retire to a bombshelter. Reality check people, the towers of the World Trade Center weren't brought down by angry black men flying pimped-out 727's and blasting rap music as they killed 3000+ people. It was brought down by religious zealots. So what next Warren? Want some form of legislation keeping people from spreading or practicing religion? There are extremes in everything, if someone is a murderous drug dealer at heart they don't need a rap song to bring it out!
Jan 4th 2007 11:41PM In all honesty, no single experience should color everyone's views of any one place or any one thing. Each individual's experiences are their own and may differ from someone else's by 180 degrees. Every destination has pros and cons. As with anything else, when traveling to a foreign country, use common sense, be on the alert and try to learn about the customs and laws of the place you are visiting BEFORE you get there so that you will be as prepared as you can be for anything fortunate or otherwise that might happen. As for me I'm gonna keep racking up those frequent flier miles and happy memories. Bon Voyage all!