Blog Action Day: Hip Hop & Poverty15 October 2008 | By hiphopdemocrat in Political, Social Issues
“The tragic death of Jam Master Jay should serve as a reminder of the condition of poverty, ignorance and lack of opportunity inherent in our urban communities across the country,”- Russell Simmons
Well, what a day to start a blog, considering that its Blog Action Day and as always better late than never. I’m honored to begin on a positive note and contribute to the awareness of the international POVERTY problem. I feel this is a fitting topic to start with and grow this blog from considering the fact Hip Hop grew its roots out of poverty, and the struggles of those in the inner city and other urban communities.
Even today, Hip Hop still represents that point of view. Not just because it’s the theme of over half of the mainstream songs out, but because that is what this industry represents, a way out, a means to an end. Poverty is a huge problem not only in America but all over the world. The numbers that surround the global poverty issues are astounding.
I invested a good amount of time today, just reading, stories, looking at statistics, mainly on GlobalIssues.org and I just can’t imagine…..even being as broke as I am, living off of less than $2.50 per day. I feel like that’s about what it costs to start my car.
3 Billion people are subjected to live in those type of conditions, honestly that’s unacceptable especially when there’s $700 Billion dollars up for grabs by the banks. If I do the math correctly that’s enough for those 3 billion to live for 93 days. So maybe then 26,500 children wouldn’t die for each of those days. Just somethin to think about.
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