Lil Wayne's racist and sexist song is just one example of the morally dead zone that too many individuals, institutions, intellectuals and politicians occupy in a land of massive inequality in wealth and power, says Giroux.This editor's introduction and Giroux's article, although morally correct, they lack incisive political insight because both frame the issues from a safe liberal perspective. Liberals are now comfortable using the term "neoliberalism", but to them it is seen as some sort of aberration of capitalism, not as a phase in its natural development. By framing the issues as an aberration of the system--hence subject to "reform", they stay safely within the limits of discourse permitted by capitalist authorities.
Still, I recommend reading this because it illustrates how our overlords use popular culture against us by distorting our history and our historical heroes. There will always be naive or sociopathic artists who are willing to sell their souls for a buck, and the author does us all a favor by exposing the true history of Emmett Till.