(Original post by Lawz-)
What about black British Kids? Or Black middle class americans?
Is it ok to make fun of Black kids from the lower classes who take as role models white professionals?
?? So you should only identify or idolise people of the same race?
If you want to make fun of someone, go ahead. No-one can stop you. It's not like you need permission to make fun, or be racist, sexist, or prejudiced, even discriminatory, in any way. However, don't expect it to be socially acceptable, and that people won't take offence to certain ridiculous attitudes. For example, your stubborn ignorance to such a discussion as this.
To me, it is plain why some find it amusing that white kids try to imitate rappers. Let me try to make it obvious to you too.
Rap emenated from African-American ghetto culture. Growing up in such a dangerous and destitute environment would force anyone to "toughen up". Rappers today are sold on this tough image; that they've survived the ghettos, and gone from rags to riches. They are role models for those who want to escape the ghettos. 50 Cent has been shot 9 times during his lifetime, something he flaunts and uses to add to his macho persona.
There is also the fact that throughout modern history, African-Americans have had to face such intolerance and adversity that, as a race, they can be proud of their strength. Black people in this country too have had to fight for their equality against those that seek to repress them. Not all black children in the US and UK may be able to identify with the ghetto upbringing, but they can certainly identify with the rapper's struggle to "make it" from the ghetto, as it is representative of their race's struggle as a whole.
Perhaps now you might begin to understand what people find so amusing about young white kids imitating rappers, they can't identify with the struggle for black equality, nor the incredibly tough ghetto upbringing, yet they flaunt their machismo like they've lived in such hard times.
I don't see why there is any reason to make fun of black kids who take as role models white professionals, it's just a petty argument about justified mocking. I think that you like to call for equality when it suits you, for example, you want to be justified in taking the mickey out of black kids because you think it's "equality" but you think it's unjustified for people to point the finger at racists. Makes you feel uncomfortable does it? Maybe you should face up to the fact that you might just be a tad racist.
As for your final question, I didn't say that people should only identify or idolise people of the same race. Idolise whoever you want, that is irrelevant. But I find it funny people who identify with someone of a different race, especially white kids in this country with american rappers.
"identify suggests a psychological empathy with the feelings or experiences of another person"
I don't see how white english kids can empathise at all with american rappers. Black kids, both in the UK and US, can empathise far better. Most, I'm sure, will have shared the common experience of racism. I'm sure that most can identify, on that point, but how can white english kids empathise? I find it pathetic how these "rudeboys" can strut around with the arrogance of Muhammed Ali and none of the substance behind it.