Musical Censorship: The Oppression of Society.
The consequence of censorship has always been a contentious one, while the question of music censorship is even more complex. Recently in American society, censorship of music has become a considerable political and moral issue that is arrogantly destroying the rights of Americans to enjoy the art of music. Although the First Amendment says that Congress cannot make laws that interrupt the free flow of spoken or written words, these rights are still being destroyed by those who think that they have the authority to judge certain music as impure, offensive, or obscene. .
The word to "censor" means, "to examine in order to suppress or delete anything considered objectionable"(par.1). The question that remains is what is considered offensive material and who is making the decision of what is or is not offensive? The First Amendment of the United States Constitution clearly states that, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances" (The United States Constitution Online, Par. 1). This country was based on the ideas of freedom of thought, speech, and action therefore, the First Amendment allows Americans the right to individuality by ensuring these freedoms. Having one group, or various groups, of people violating these rights is unconstitutional. .
Musical censorship targets musicians who, in the views of some, are promoting offensive ideas to the overall society. These musicians, using their art to express opinions, are targets of this type of censorship. Some musicians hold opinions that may offend others. Sheri Waters, author of the web article "Controversial Music: The Beat Goes On" says,.
Music mirrors the society that creates it.