Fox News Segment Asks Whether Rap Is ‘A Problem’ 50 Years After March

Fox News on Tuesday aired a segment questioning whether rap music was “a problem” compared to the protest songs sung during the March on Washington 50 years ago.

The segment was prompted by a Wall Street Journal op-ed written by Juan Williams, the Fox News political analyst, who compared music from the ’60s with rap music “that confuses and depresses race relations in America now.” 

The segment contained the following instant-classic Fox News chyron: “50 Years After March On Washington Some See Rap Music As A Problem.”

It began with a short clip of “Blowin’ in the Wind.” 

“That was Bob Dylan’s ’60s hit ‘Blowin’ In The Wind,’ the song that became an anthem for change when Peter, Paul and Mary sang it at the March on Washington 50 years ago tomorrow,” Fox New host Shannon Bream said after the song played. “Today, Juan Williams has a powerful column in the Wall Street Journal half a century later, where he challenges people to compare the promise of that inspiring music with what Juan calls the ‘heartbreaking contrast’ of today’s hit rap songs like Jay-Z’s hit ‘Holy Grail.'”

Later in the segment, Bream opened things up for a discussion, and Fox News contributor Jehmu Greene denounced the “misogyny” and “hateful lyrics towards women” in rap music. 

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