A Day of Outrage for decency CHICAGO (FinalCall.com) - Corporate media conglomerates were issued a direct challenge on Aug. 7 as the Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) coordinated simultaneous protests themed “A Day of Outrage” in 20 cities across the United States. The protests were primarily aimed at record companies and industry executives in a high stakes battle against those corporate interests profiting from the sale of records with degrading lyrics.
The “Day of Outrage” is an outgrowth of the “Decency Initiative,” which is planning to target legislation in state senates to bar any tax dollars or pension funds for any corporate entity promoting or producing lyrics using the ‘n’ word, the ‘h’ word or ‘b’ word. This is the first time legislation has been proposed targeting the record companies themselves as opposed to previously attacking the artists and those stores who sell their records.
“We cannot continue to allow our brothers and sisters to be called out of their names, while others are being protected from name calling,” Rev. Sharpton told The Final Call. “There are lyrics committees in record companies that if lyrics come out against police, or gays or Jews, they stop the records—and they should. Yet they can call us the ‘n’ word, call our women the ‘h’ word and the ‘b’ word.”