KLAUS – TuIe Albayrak: Did rap music lyrics contribute to her death?

TuIe Albayrak: Did rap music lyrics contribute to her death?Seldom has the violent death of a young woman led to so much heart-felt and sincere sympathy as is the case in the involuntary passing of Ms TuIe Albayrak, who was born in the German town of Bad Soden-Salmunster only 23 years ago.People from all walks of life, including — most notably — German President Joachim Gauck — have paid their respects and are trying to come to terms with what happened outside a fast-food chain restaurant in central Germany during the early hours of the morning three weeks ago.

A tragic incident that allows a rare glimpse into the dark underworld of criminal thought, action and its supporting shady elements.It was not a crime against a nationality or ethnic background.

It involves a much more complex web of violence, trigger-happy young people only waiting for the next opportunity to cause havoc or even death, no matter where we originally hail from Any individual life is worthless to the perpetrators, including their very own. However, any serious (psycho)-analysis must begin by trying to respond to the latter (the inferiority complex) before talking about the former (the violence factor response mechanism).

I studied many different articles written both overseas and here in Turkey in order to learn as much as possible about the alleged murdererand#39s background. And it appears that the man who is the prime suspect in hitting Ms Albayrak with such force that she immediately fell to the ground was, despite his young age, already well-known to law enforcement officers as a local troublemakerIs this a new reality in inner cities that all others, aka you and me, and 99 per cent of society must tolerate? Why should those of us who, according to a rapper, choose to lead a boring yet decent way of life — including going to work, attending university or a vocational school or simply raising a family –accept the fact that after dark our cities become a playground for maniacs ready to destroy innocent peopleand#39s lives only because we dare to venture out in the evening? I do not believe in a separation into two worlds, one being the safe comfort zones of andldquothe day peopleandrdquo while the remaining 10 hours or so are reserved for attackers intent on inflicting harm on fellow citizens or outright murderers who would then rejoice and reign supreme.

The seeds that make violence an accepted form of behavior need an environment to sprout and to be nurtured, so to speak, albeit in a totally ill-fated sense. And here we reach the point where we must talk about a certain type of music and a particular type of lyrics.

It is said that a small segment of otherwise perfectly legitimate and successful rap music all-to-easily condones violence as a means of expressing anger, as a andldquocorrectandrdquo justification for ending our way of life, says that the establishment must be looked down upon and, above all else, that women are second-class citizens who can be mistreated without facing the consequences and that the town and that the city you live in is not made for you, does not embrace you, does not accept you, and so on and so forth. Some of the lyrics used by a rapper at home in the city where Ms Albayrak was attacked and which were printed in a German news portal are so verbally insulting, so sexually explicit in the wrong direction that I refrain from quoting them here, but dare I say I was shocked that music like this can be freely broadcast or played in clubs!Shall we ban rap music in general? Of course not how could we in a democracy? But those rappers who have crossed the line between expressing frustration with a certain problem and those who incite hatred amongst society should not be allowed to become role models.

Banning or closing down their clubs shifts them even further into even more underground venues and eventually total illegality. As impossible as it may sound, we as a society must listen, and then try to communicate with both musicians and audience.

An enormous task for German, European and global society, but one we cannot let slip by. If not, another column (God forbid) will be a copyaste of this one, except for the insertion of the name of another young life lost from here, there or anywhere.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman