Bruce Posted February 24, 2012 Posted February 24, 2012 This is an off shoot of the rap music thread / Bloods and Crips in Cebu.... and some members belief that rap music does not negativally effect children.When I first came to Phils in Feb of 2009, I too was hit with the poverty and population and the thoughts that go with such things. But I also was struck by the general happiness of the population.When I arrrived on Samar, and of course to Jollibees.... I was mobbed by the kids. I did hand out a few coins, but I mostly fed them. Grew to about 50 a day. Now, in 2012, I feed a smaller group of hard core street kids at the local dead fish and rice stand for 27p each... much cheaper.But the real disappointment here is the boy I took off the streets. 12 when I found him. Now 15. Loves rap music and screams it or along with it when I am not here, when I am here he turns it off! Can't stay in school... so he can't read or write AND that also means no txting! So he really is left behind socially. No future at all. Mom long gone, dad a drunk pedicab driver.I buy him slippers and clothes. He is a house buy and happy at that. Has no thought of any better job. All because... and this is important... from a baby on, he did not get any proper stimulation or challenges. No rules, no bounderies. No supervision. All things that kids need to develop properly. If he had not met me, he would be a boy toy for some older man or a petty criminal. When he was younger, he was cute enough to beg. Now, not so cute. No one wants to give money to a 14 yr old boy. Of course his story is certainly not unique in the Philippines. And rap music is not at fault. It is simply a part of the problem.His days are listening to rap, and working in spurts when a task is given to him. Task over back to rap music. Dumbed down music for a dumbed down brain. He has no interest in any complex music and I believe it is simply 'too complex' for him grasp.Listening to rap music for the 1st time in teenage years, while not good in my opinion, it certainy is better than being raised listening to it. Adults are not as easily infulenced by the negative things in rap. On tv the more wild and acting out behaviors shown by rappers, the more interest this boy shows in the music. In 20 years from now, where will he be? multiple his story with millions of more kids.... Like I said in another post. America is DONE! How far behind is the Philippines?In the US now, there are multiple reports of kids in high school that can't read or write. Math is being ELIMINATED in some areas due to it being TOO HARD for the current kids... all of which has a future negative effect on the country. Rap rap rap..... dumbing down the kids, dumbing down the country..... and next... the Philippines! Rock and roll was said to promote sex! Rap promotes violence and degrading treatment of women. WHICH is worse??? 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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