Censorship in my music
By Amira Harris
Should censorship be in music?
What is Censorship?
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Who is being targeted in the censorship wrath?
The agency's fining Citadel Communications $7,000 on June 1 for airing a cleaned-up-for-radio version of Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" on KKMG(FM) Colorado Springs, Colo., garnered a banner headline on the cover of this month's Rolling Stone and generated stories nationwide. Now everybody's watching, and it's unlikely the FCC commissioners can exit this mess without bloodying themselves.The majority of censorship is usually targeted towards minorities and people who associate themselves with the minority standard. It wasn't to much of a surprise when Eminem was being targeted by the FCC for vulgar explicit language in his art form of rap. It lead to a big outcry from my youths and my fellow minority people.
Who is enforcing censorship?
What has defined censorship? What can censorship help?
It may be as simple as South African musician Johnny Clegg has said: “Censorship is based on fear.” Music is a free expression of the ideas, traditions and emotions of individuals and of peoples. It may express musicians’ hopes and aspirations, their joys and sorrows, their very identity as a culture. Yet these expressions may conflict with those of people in power. The ideas themselves may simply be unpopular or outside the current thinking or practices of a regime or special interest group. For there are those the world over who are threatened by the very nature of a free exchange of ideas. There are those who will stop at nothing to stifle them.The truth behind censorship is that there is fear in the ears of people who choose to cover up the truth, whether it is in a clean form or a explicit form, the most we can really do is voice our choices on the internet via social media.