The Racism-Media Industrial Complex (RMIC) is the phenomenon in which big media conglomerates and other private corporations exploit, profit from, and promote the negative aspects of the African-American community, which strengthens racism and stunt African-American culture.

Throughout history, African-Americans have been portrayed as criminals, thugs, subhumans, and being violent and unintelligent. These stereotypes did not make their way into mainstream African-American culture (for example, in hip hop) until the Telecommunications Act of 1996, in which the US Government passed legislation which allowed large media conglomerates to easily acquire smaller media companies, which resulted in the capitalization of the most profitable aspects of black culture (as well as much of the rest of the media and entertainment industry).

These aspects of black culture would be the focus on sex (particularly promiscuity) and misogyny, drugs, and criminality. Before 1996, the mainstream hip hop had some of these aspects but was generally much more centered around art and politics.

The Racism-Media Industrial Complex keeps African Americans psychologically oppressed. While white audiences listen to rap with the negative elements for entertainment, many African Americans who listen to the same music incorporate these elements into their self-image, which is detrimental to the African American community as a whole.

Notably, young white male teens are the main audience of mainstream contemporary hip hop with the negative themes. Catering to them, the big media conglomerates propagate what tend to make them the most money, which tends to be the negative aspects of African American culture.



With the African-Americans listening and incorporating the negative aspects in the music into their self-image, a feedback loop is created in which the negative aspects become propagated and strengthened in black culture because of the music, then the strengthened negative aspects make its way into the music, and the process begins again, and so on.