If you haven’t heard by now, a father in Florida boarded a school bus to confront the bullies of his daughter who has cerebral palsy. During his escapade, he threatened violence against everyone on the bus including the bus driver and children on the bus. You can see the details in the videos below
The support for him is overwhelmingly positive which I though was surprising. Here a black man went onto a school bus and threatened children with violence and he is being supported. I’m not sure if his daughters illness has to do with the support but I have a strong inkling that it does.
Does Hip Hop fuel the bulling flames with it’s culture? It may very well be since it is full of confirmations, conflict and issues that seem bulling like. Many rap battles start due to someone being a bully and calling out his target. If the bully isn’t confronted or responded to, then the target faces the ridicule and possibly being ostracized from his or her peers. Many artists have threatened to (and some succeeded in) end the career of another artist or some type of violence against someone they know. Beanie Sigel often referred to himself and an album as the Broad Street Bully.
We know bullying won’t stop in Hip Hop and despite all the claims, we know that Hip Hop influences peoples actions so what can we do to stop it? Just as the "expert" in the video above says, we need to put it on the audience to stop the conflict. If Lil Random Guy says he’s going to put an end to DJ Wusisface and in response DJ Wusisface claims to know the mother of his child and has a sex tape, the audience should take the responsible route and ask "why can’t they both exist".
But I know that won’t happen. We’ll want to see the sex tape then we’ll want to hear their diss songs all for the sake of entertainment. Which is the true reason for bullying. The bully is just looking for a way to entertain himself because he was not taught how to properly do so. So rather than getting to the point of having to get on the bus, let’s teach our children that bullying isn’t a form of entertainment, it’s an act of low self-esteem and the lack of the ability to occupy oneself without it being at the expense of another’s well being.