I think all Americans should learn about their cultural heritage and background.
I think your parents are being a bit biased by not letting you go to a rap concert, but they'll let you see Gaga or Bieber. Do your parents ASSUME all African American rappers are bad influences? Do your parents know about EMINEM?
I assume you and your parents are Christians.
WORLDLY music concerts can be bad, raucous and dangerous. ROCK concerts can be just as BAD as RAP ones.
Why? Such concerts have been known to be breeding grounds for trouble. Fights have broken out in them, and people have gotten shot and killed in them.
Your parents don't want you to be subjected to bad influences. They don't want you to be subjected to things like profanity and vulgarity.
I've done research on pop artists and pop music concerts. A lot of artists are tied to the Illuminati. What goes on in a lot of concerts constitutes some form of DEVIL WORSHIP. Did you know that gesture headbangers make with their hands represents devils' horns?
The Illuminati is real. A lot of pop stars use Illuminati/occultic imagery and symbolism when they perform onstage and in music videos.
The All-Seeing Eye (that eye in a capstone), snakes, 3 6's, etc.- all Illuminati symbols. People form triangles with their fingers in these concerts and look through them with one eye- that's an Illuminati gesture.
A lot of rap and rock stars want to turn young people on to sex and drugs.
Jimmy Swaggart and Gabriel Swaggart have all preached about what's BAD about secular music.
I would talk to your adoptive parents about going to African cultural festivals and African American museums, or at least, seeing African-themed exhibits in other ones. You should do research on positive African American figures. I would talk to them about why it's important to know about at least part of your cultural heritage and background.
I would ask them about letting you watch "Roots" for example, and positive films about the African American experience, and films about Black African and African American history.
I would suggest checking out CHRISTIAN music. Christian/Gospel rap and rock music exists.
You also need to be careful though. Some so-called Christian artists have made a mockery of God through their music. Gabriel Swaggart preached on this.
You should be hanging out with CHRISTIAN friends and talking to your parents about letting them come over to your home to meet them.
Knowing about culture is important, but you should not let that DICTATE your life. Being a good Christian is more important than following culture.
I don't do everything that OTHER African Americans do. I was never really hung up on culture. My mother is an African American and my dad was a White Jewish man.
My mother likes wearing traditional African-style clothing. She said she likes the way they look. That has nothing to do with me.
Being "Black enough" I think is a bunch of nonsense. That's solely an AMERICAN thing. Black Africans and Black West Indians do not have such a hung up. I have asked them.
Why do I say "nonsense"? Because there's the connotation of NEGATIVE and stupid African American stereotypes- speaking Ebonics instead of speaking proper English, dressing and carrying one's self like an urban thug, etc.
That's a big reason why I dislike a lot of shows and films they show on BET. Centric and TVOne.
I am not saying that to be offensive. Not all African Americans act and carry themselves like that.
I tell people I am a Christian and I am the "Whitest" Black guy I know. I do not want to be associated with any riffraff. I grew up in the suburbs- I am not from any " 'hood" or any "ghetto" or any "projects".
I resent people trying to compare me or lumping me in with riffraff.
When people try to get my attention by using Ebonics, or broken English or Black slang I generally tune them out and ignore them. I tell people I do not use any of that- I speak English properly.
You can't go to a job interview acting and dressed up like a negative African American stereotype.
Hope this helps.
· 11 months ago