rick-ross-bte*1991, Rev. Jesse Jackson asked the questionis hip hop music educating or eroding young minds.

1992, the Parents Music Resource Center was instrumental in applying public pressure and forcing rapper Ice-T to recall his album and remove the song “Cop Killer” from it. Various law enforcement organizations pledged to also boycott Time Warner the parent company and distributor for its role in releasing the music.

1995, the Anti-Defamation League applied pressure on Michael Jackson regarding the anti-semitic lyrics originally contained in the song “They Don’t Care About Us.” Jackson publicly apologized and then re-recorded/reissued the song sans the lyrics which contained the k-word.

The National Congress for Black Women received great coverage and acclaim in many arenas for the fight of C. Delores Tucker against misogyny in hip hop. In fact, their website claims the following:

“We lead the assault against Gangsta Rap and misogynistic lyrics that are directed towards African American youth and women and threaten the moral foundation of the family.”

2003, Minister Louis Farrakhan challenged the hip hop community to be responsible in their lyrical imagery.

2007, Rev. Al Sharpton led a rally/march in front of the record label offices decrying the worst lyrical offerings of hip hop.

2011, Tavis Smiley on Real Time with Bill Maher argued:

“If you think that the way we treat women in this country, with patriarchy still alive and well, sexism still alive and well, is determinative or demonstrative of how well our democracy runs, I think you don’t understand how maltreated women are still in this society.”

In 2012, Smiley convened another one of his many and varied townhall forums, one particularly focused around women and poverty, arguing this country has rendered both invisible.

I use all of that as a precursor in the controversy over the date rape lyrics of rapper Rick Ross in his latest song.

“Put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it. I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.”

The term ‘molly’ refers to a pure form of the drug MDMA.

Although the drug culture, misogyny and violence have long been featured in hip hop, date rape signals uncharted territory.

I’ve given you the history, now it’s time for roll call in 2013.

Sadly, The National Congress for Black Women, which fancies itself as leading “the assault against Gangsta Rap and misogynistic lyrics that are directed towards African American youth and women and threaten the moral foundation of the family,” ISN’T leading this fight and as of yet have not joined in the battle. I’m not saying I’m in the lead. I am saying though as I look left and right, the NCBW isn’t anywhere to be found… yet.

NCBW, where are you now?

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Morris W. O’Kelly (Mo’Kelly) is host of “The Mo’Kelly Show” on KFI AM640/XM Satellite and “Mo’Kelly in the Morning” on KTLK AM1150. The Mo’Kelly Report is a syndicated politics and entertainment journal. Contact him at [email protected] and all commentary is welcome

Morris O'Kelly aka Mo'Kelly

Morris O’Kelly aka Mo’Kelly