No divestment over 'gangsta' rap

September 17, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The state retirement board decided yesterday to keep Maryland's investments in companies that produce "gangsta" rap records, which are often laced with obscene and violent lyrics.

The board rebuffed an effort launched earlier this year by Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Baltimore County Democrat, who said the state should not, in effect, invest in such music.

But record companies protested the divestment proposal. And some board members said the panel should not let its investment decisions be controlled by social issues, such as music that is offensive to some.

Pub Date: 9/17/97

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