What We Owe The Next Generation

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We as the generation coming up need to set an example for the next generation.  We see lyrics about substance abuse, tweets about domestic violence, and idolize those who are sending these messages.  But I would like  to set the record straight – These Messages Are Not Okay.

Take domestic violence as an example.  The DCCoalition Against Domestic Violence defines domestic violence as ” a pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors , including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks, as well as economic coercion, that adults and adolescents use against their partners.”

Many would not know or define domestic violence under these terms, but they are real.  We need to as women and men in relationships with people WAKE UP and realize when we are in unhealthy relationships and GET OUT.  Get help, because under many circumstances it will be hard to go it alone and you need a support system to help you make it out.

In music media, we see examples such as R&B artist Chris Brown, in the press constantly about his relationship with female R&B artist Rihanna.  We also see cases like Kansas City Chief’s player Jovan Belcher.  What kind of messages are we sending to the next generation of viewers and listeners, when their idols are engaging in this type of behavior?  We as those in the entertainment and media spotlight have a higher responsibility to portray positive messages to those who look up to us.  Many times these individuals do not have the stable households, the best examples of relationships in their own lives, so they look to music to help define their worldview of what they are supposed to be like.  Artists are now looking more to making money off of what is culturally popular than being morally responsible for the repercussions of their actions- creating a movement of youth following in the footsteps not of the artists necessarily themselves, but of the characters the artists portray in their music and out on the world stage.

We need more artists, entertainers, sports players, those with the media spotlight on them to take ownership of their role in society, to step up, and change the cultural tide that is stemming from their music and their examples.

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