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STEVE PENNAZ, Independence
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There, you’ll find the good, bad and ugly
Gilbert Newman Perkins provides an interesting and informed perspective on rap music (“Bring in the noise? No, it’s poetry,” Sept. 23), although he is strangely insensitive to its all-too-common degradation of women.
Incongruous to this literary review of the linguistic subtleties of the genre is his secondhand opinion tossed off without support or rationale that fatherless homes result from unemployment.
It is clear to anyone who really wants to know that the separation of sex from commitment has justified irresponsibility by men and lack of a father has made young women unaware that they deserve better than they are getting from men. And rap tells the whole story, whether in iambic pentameter or not.
ROSS S. OLSON, Minneapolis
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