Look Out Whitey Analysis

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What resulted out of years of this enforced patriarchal masculinity was “gangsta culture” - a philosophy popularised by its genre of rap brought up in the late 1980s by rappers Ice-T and Schoolly D. Among much of the controversial theme gangsta culture made popular, fast money was one of them; hustling had already had its roots tracing back to Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Regarding the practice of hustling, Julius Lester’s Look Out, Whitey, explained: “Today resistance manifests itself in what whites can only see as the “social ills” of the ghetto, i.e. crime, high school dropouts, unemployment, etc. In actuality, many blacks have consciously rebelled against the system and dropped out. After all, why waste your life working at a job you hate, getting…show more content…
Black men who had been born in or were living in pre-Civil Rights Era or the time when it was happening held vastly different attitudes from that of their children regarding how much colored families could put up with the discrimination of Whites; while the fathers might have believed that Blacks could gain respect by ignoring it and working hard, the children - who had turned to hustling - would feel that working your way up to respect was not realistic, because if it was, then why did racial inequity persist? Gangsta culture had made these men choose meaningful alternatives as opposed to jobs they could not gain much from (while many men did make a living off of legitimate jobs and had successfully ‘decolonized’ their mind). The status of a Black man, however, did not change their fixation with money and the tendency to hold it up as a symbol of a successful man; today, whether educated and privileged, or underprivileged, the fixation with money is equal because, like the slaves before them, these men are stepped on by
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