Sheila Jackson Lee Challenges Hip Hop Community
Hip Hop can Be a Power Horse in this Election, Says Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee
Ever since its inception, Hip Hop has been about more than party music, as many of the culture’s pioneers infused political overtones in between catchy beats and rhymes. With this year’s election being one of the most critical in United States history, the partnership between Hip Hop artists and politicians is beginning to get mainstream attention.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) recently spoke with BET during the TJs DJs conference about the importance of Hip Hop activism and why everyone should vote come November 4.
“For many, many years, I have interacted with my Hip Hop community on many different levels. We have a rich and wonderful Hip Hop community here in Houston,” she says.
While Jackson has long been an advocate for the Lone Star State as the representative for its 18th Congressional District, she is also a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee.
“As member of the Judiciary Committee, we are writing laws that affect [the Hip Hop community]. I want to extend the hands of friendship on behalf of the United States Congress and the Congressional Black Caucus.”
“Clearly, they have to encourage first for people to be registered. I would like to see—and be involved in—a major voter registration campaign. I know Senator Obama is doing one, but let’s do one on top of his. If you miss the deadline, you cannot go in November and vote.
“What I think the Hip Hop community can do is record how many people they registered to vote, and how many people they had that put [Obama] and other elected officials over the top. They can be a power horse in this election.”
Jackson Lee also had a message to everyone who believes that voting does not make a difference.
“The votes make a difference in people’s lives. Voters [who stayed home] in 2000 and 2004 might have put a different US Attorney in Gena, Louisiana that might have prevented Mychal Bell from going to jail. The vote might not be seen today, but it will be seen when you need it with civil rights laws, better judges and people who have an understanding of the judiciary system.”
For more information on Sheila Jackson Lee, visit her Congressional web page at: www.jacksonlee.house.gov.