Although mainstream America often criticizes the behavior of Black youth who listen to rap music (the pants below the waist, violent behavior and use of the N-Word) a Philadelphia social worker says that the root cause of the problem is white racism.
Abena Afreeka claims that although many people believe that the behavior exhibited in Hip Hop and some Black youth is part of some "ghetto culture," in reality, the behavior can be traced to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. And also, while many African American rap fans think that they are representing Black culture, they are really acting like white folk.
As part of the solution, Afreeka has launched the "N-Word Recovery Program." She believes that the only way for this country to move forward is for Americans to have an open and honest discussion on race , the origin of the "N word" and the negative behaviors attached to it.
Afreeka has been featured in the Philly Mag, Newsone.com and the Jet Magazine Online.
Recently, she also debated noted Black Conservative Republican, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, on his popular radio program.
Abena Afreeka's website is http://www.afreekalive.com/ She can be reached at (215) 713-5785 Follow on Twitter @Afreekalive