Because some people are incapable of thinking past what they see on TV. In the media, the idea of living in the ghetto and beeing from the "hood" are glorified ... especially in music. To a white person (especially the rich, country club set who live in predominantly white neighborhoods) who has never really had any contact with anyone outside of their race, they simply go on what they learn from the most accessible group of black people ... celebrities. Trust me when I tell you that not all white people feel this way.
*Edit - Well, obviously my answer didn't go over very well. But think about it ... what do most rap artists discuss in their music? Where do alot of popular movies with black characters take place? If you've never really gotten to know someone - whether you've never had the opportunity or you just haven't taken the time - you will generalize them based on what you see of others "like" them. I dealt with this personally - my fiancee (who I have been with for 2 years) is a black man who has also earned his Bachelor's degree and is very successful. My mother, who had never had much contact with black people - assumed that he would be living in the bad part of town and driving a Cadillac with huge rims. Where did she get this idea? From what she'd seen in the media! When my mother met my hunny and got to know him, she realized that society's description of black men is not always truthful. People usually judge others based on a idea, not individually.
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