There are numerous rap songs and albums that go completely against what the majority of people think of the genre. The Hip hop industry consists of mostly African American musicians. Since blacks are often alienated in society, their music seems to be too. People often give rappers negative labels such as “gangster” or “thug”, which are discriminatory words that people have often used to describe African Americans in the media. There is an everlasting double standard in music.
However, Carby mentions that “Harlem intellectuals were criticized for two major acts of hypocrisy; their announced hatred of white people and deprecation of any contact with white society while imitating their clothes, manners, and ways of life, and the proclamation of the undiluted good of all things Negro which disguised a disdain, contempt, and amusement for the majority of black people” (Carby, 1978). In a sentence, the black communities are always influenced by the Anglo-Saxon cultural
Considering the poor planning which went into the act, it seems like a miracle that Hobart manages to survive with only moderate injuries. It also seems odd considering such fame would result from an intentional act of violence. Similarly, after the shooting involving Burden, scholar Frazer Ward suggests, “Burden [is] [known] as the artist who shot himself” (116). The label also results in “tabloid publicity that most artists never have to deal with” (Ward 116). Shoot is a success, in the sense it brings fame and attention to both artists.
“The Blacker the Berry” also can related to the theories about inadequacy as an African American in a white world. The song brings in many current events and the evil behind the white-washing going on in America. One line goes, “You hate me don’t you? / You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture / You’re fucking evil I want you to recognize that I’m a proud monkey” (“The Blacker the Berry”). The song also has lines such as “I’m black as the heart of a fuckin’ Aryan”, and “You hate my people, I can tell cause it threatens when I see you”.
Since the origins of African-American culture, white Americans have used and exploited black people, all while appropriating black culture. Kendrick Lamar exemplifies the polarization existing between cultures when he writes, “You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture/ You’re fuckin’ evil I want you to recognize that I’m a proud monkey” (27-28). “My culture” illustrates the disparity existing between blacks and whites, demonstrating a clear “them” and “us” relationship existing in the United States. This divide causes African-Americans to feel used and underappreciated, all the while, their culture is repetitively stolen and adopted by the white community. To “terminate” another culture means to gradually adopt that culture into
Furthermore, black, male actors in movies such as The Wire and Training Day depict drug dealers and criminals, implying all black males are criminals. These stereotypes remain only a few of endless stereotypes surfacing in the media. With the saturation of stereotypes, stereotypes intertwine into culture and the life events of ordinary people. Stereotypes appear everywhere. In schools, in jobs, and even in politics, stereotypes are unavoidable in American
Black culture is formed around different stages of resistance. Ending stereotyping and racism. Groups like Black Lives Matter, hashtags like #BlackGirlMagic, or movies like Moonlight are all acts of resistance. To strike down the narrative that black lives are of less value, the black women are unwanted and that black men are super predators. Richard Wright writes several pieces along with ‘Black Boy’ that could be uses as resistance pieces.
Without a doubt, reality TV is degrading and exploiting ethnic cultures, and minorities, most commonly African American men & woman. In the article Cline states that’s, in today’s reality TV “you have the aforementioned Evil Black woman with an attitude, or sometimes Black Man with an attitude”. This allows an increase in racial stereotypes against African American men and woman, for example MSNBC also states that reality TV thrives on and also relies on the growing stereotypes of these groups of people, which ethically, should not be acceptable. Whether viewers know or not that this is happening, reality television is making it culturally acceptable for viewers to create biased perception of black men and woman because that’s how their being
The white majority usually makes fun of minority groups because of their power advantage. Black media tried to battle the stereotypes by creating positive black media, however black comedies ended up reinforcing negative stereotypes. Even though all racial groups enjoy stereotypical comedy, according to What are you Laughing at? , “White audiences who may have
In the African American community, in the rap culture, misogyny has been racialized, making the ideology a black issue. This ideology has ‘had a profound effect on the inner psyche of African Americans as the ideology feeds off of not only hatred of women but also hatred towards Blackness, which serves as a two-edged sword.’ (Adams & Fuller, 2006). ‘The sexist, misogynist, patriarchal ways of thinking and behaving that are glorifies in gangsta rap are a reflection of the prevailing values in our society, values created and sustained by white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.’ (Adams & Fuller, 2006). In