The glorification of drugs, guns and misogyny by the street culture surrounding "gangsta rap" is a "deadly virus" threatening black Britons, according to one of the best-known black personalities on television.
Garth Crooks, a BBC sports commentator, told the London Schools and Black Child conference at the weekend that gangsta culture was "killing some of our children" while films and rap music glorifying violence were directly linked to education truancy, crime and violence.
Garth Crooks: gangsters 'are pathetic' In a direct plea to young, black men, Crooks urged them to turn their backs on an "epidemic" that sanctions gun use, drug-taking and drug dealing.
"Street culture will become a deadly virus ripping indiscriminately through our next generation, robbing millions of their potential," he said.
"As for the youngsters in our community who think they are gangsters, grow up. You are pathetic. You are not gangsters or clever. You are kids and it's time to impose zero tolerance."
The former Tottenham Hotspur footballer added: "There's an epidemic out there and it's killing some of our children. Do you think there could be correlation between this and the growing dissipation of our cultural values?"
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