WBEZ | Chuck D http://www.wbez.org/tags/chuck-d Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Rapper Chuck D sounds off on voter disengagement http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range/rapper-chuck-d-sounds-voter-disengagement-102760 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chuck%20D%20flickr.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px; " title="Chuck D sounds off (Flickr/Jeremy M. Farmer)" /></div><p>The fervor and enthusiasm that swelled during Barack Obama&rsquo;s first presidential campaign seem to be absent this time around. Young people and African-Americans are reportedly less engaged in the process.</p><p>Chuck D has one theory why. In a recent appearance in Chicago, the pioneering rapper said, &ldquo;You can&rsquo;t sell nationalism to black people no more.&rdquo;</p><p>Whether you could ever sell nationalism to people so oppressed by their own country is perhaps a different question. But Chuck D&rsquo;s argument is an interesting and ultimately a familiar one. Why try and sell someone national pride when what really matters to them is what&rsquo;s happening in their own backyard? At the end of the day, it&rsquo;s the neighborhood economy, stupid.</p><p>In the audio above, Chuck D offers the president and the Democratic party some advice on reaching out leading up to November.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range</a></em>&nbsp;<em>showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified&rsquo;s vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Chuck D spoke at an event presented by The Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media in earlier this month. Click</em>&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/amplified/rap-sessions-hip-hop-activism-obamatea-party-era-featuring-special-guest-chuck-d-102730">here</a></em>&nbsp;<em>to hear the event in its entirety.</em></p></p> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range/rapper-chuck-d-sounds-voter-disengagement-102760