By Jeremy D. Larson
The website Thought Catalog proudly publishes stories based on their motto, “all thinking is relevant.” While that may be true in a larger, epistemological sense of the phrase, it can be said that perhaps not all thoughts are worth cataloging.
Such is the case with a story published yesterday (Aug 13) on the website, whose headline reads “Ferguson, Missouri Looks Like A Rap Video.” Written by Anthony Rodgers, the story states, wrongly, that “like a normal neighborhood dealing with the loss of someone they love, they started breaking into every shopping center plaza store and gas station.” Nine were arrested for looting two stores in the area.
He also posts a screenshot from Craigslist saying someone is selling “Brand New Jordans” for $50 in Ferguson. Other than the fact that this ad is clearly 100% fake (even thieves dumb enough to steal Citi bikes in New York don’t write that they were stolen), the article baselessly plays into the stereotype and profiling that the community of Ferguson is fighting against, not to mention provides no proof of what rap video he is referring to.
One video that does show rioting is former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wilde’s band Black Label Society’s video for “Fire It Up,” It is not a rap video. Even a video where, surely, it might resemble the military scene in Ferguson where police fired rubber bullets, tear gas, stun grenades and smoke bombs at protesters, does not.
Here are five incredibly popular rap videos off the top of our heads where absolutely no looting or rioting occurs.