A Mississippi middle school is feeling the wrath of angry parents upset over students receiving classroom lessons on Roc Nation Sports boss and music mogul Jay Z.
Despite the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation creator’s rags to riches success story, parents are outraged over Jay’s name popping up on Desoto Central Middle School sixth graders’ curriculum.
According to at least one parent, though, that is exactly what the Desoto Central Middle School staff assigned as part of its English curriculum. The mother of one student in the class recalled her son showing her the lesson, which included a study of his hit song, “Big Pimpin’.” “Another song talked about thug life,” the concerned mother added. “My child was getting an education about thug life.” Even as Fox News learned of the story and began investigating, school staff was tight-lipped regarding the brewing controversy. (Western Journalism)
One of the school’s officials has stood behind focusing on the life of S. Carter amid the backlash.
The parent said the assignment is no different than expecting children to learn about the exploits of famed pornographers. A school official finally responded to her concerns, only to suggest that anyone chosen to be highlighted in the assignment would have been objectionable on some level. Some ephemeral mistake in one’s past, however, is entirely different than a man whose entire career was built around violent, profane, and promiscuous behavior. Heather Fox, an activist for reform in the county that houses this school district, said the inappropriate educational material is becoming par for the course. High school students have “had to read explicit books,” she mentioned, adding, “now we know about the Jay-Z class.” (Western Journalism)
Coincidentally, R&B singer Chris Brown recently threw Jay under the bus by questioning media’s lack of citing his past criminal offenses.
“No disrespect, because I’m a fan, but nobody brings up the fact that (Jay Z) stabbed somebody and sold drugs. He gets a pass.” Brown addresses his own anger-management problem: “You have to go through the struggle before you can get to the good part. I don’t try to lash out at people, or be as mad or impulsive as I used to be.” “I got to the point where it’s only so much you can take from the master, you feel me? I’ve taken my fair share of lashings.” The controversial star also aligns himself Trayvon Martin: “I identify with Trayvon 100% as far as living in 2013 and still dealing with blatant racism. This generation is so used to racism that it’s normal; we don’t care. We aren’t on drugs or catching AIDS, but they still look at us as (n-word).” (USA Today)
Since the early 2000’s, Jigga has had limited run-ins with law enforcement.
When you think of Jay Z, you probably think of one of hip-hop’s most prominent and influential pioneers — an acclaimed artist and, as of late, a devoted family man. You probably don’t think about the crack cocaine he’s admitted, via his music, to dealing. Or the fact that in 2001, he pleaded guilty to stabbing a record executive two years earlier (Jay blamed the producer, Lance “Un” Rivera, for bootlegging Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter). (USA Today)