The film focuses on the early lives of rappers like Eazy E, Ice Cube, and Dr.Dre, illustrating how they became members of the N.W.A and the rise of their music career. The music they produced was considered “reality rap”, because the lyrics of their songs talked about real life issues that black males had to face in their communities. Their songs told the truth about life in the hood, which is why so many people began to react in different ways and started a cultural war. “The real threat in the music was to the social order, employing a masculine bravado. The music is a reversal of criminality tropes, while functioning as a resource for resistance to spatial surveillance and police violence” (Sanchez, 30), this quote from the ebook successfully explains the breakdown of the music the N.W.A members produced.
African Americans should not have to be scared to go outside any day thinking they might not make it home. African Americans feel targeted in today’s society because so many innocent African Americans are being incarcerated, shot, and killed. Since 2001, it is 6.1 times likelier to be incarcerated as a black man than a white man. This is all because of skin color. Black Lives Matter (BLM) was a group created to raise awareness for the heinous acts the have presented itself to the black community
A major benefit for having body cams is the fact that it will decrease the force used by Police Officers. For the past couple of years there has been many videos of Police Officers using excessive force against innocent victims, especially with African Americans. “The notion has been around for a while. But since August 's fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri -- for which witness accounts varied widely -- it 's gained traction to become part of the national conversation about police conduct.” (Brandon Griggs 1) People have been recently protesting against Police Officers because of the excessive force people have seen them use recently in viral videos. Some Departments have been using body cams and have seen some significant results.
He wasn’t like most rappers that bragged about things such as being rich and having materialistic items. For example in one of his songs he says “I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up….and handle it”. (EXPLAIN) Tupac’s music is viewed as a way to send a message to the world, specifically the children of the future generation. Tupac Shakur was looked at as a political character who expressed his views through his own arts of music and
Markings common to the MS13 gang include “MS,” the devil horns, which are an “M” when, displayed upside down, and “Mara Salvatrucha.” Tattoos can also express a member’s ranking within the gang, their accomplishments and memorialize those who lost their lives for the sake of the gang. Tattoos are useful in building a social identity within the gang, display allegiance to the gang and to send messages. Mara Salvatrucha tattoos are used to tell stories too. For example: one Mara Salvatrucha member has a tattoo to symbolize that he had been to jail. Another example is a tattoo with praying hands holding a rosary, which symbolizes an apology to the member’s mother.
“Straight Outta Compton” by the N.W.A. enforces the negative stereotype of African Americans through promoting narcotics, guns, and murder. Though within recent times, some media has begun to counter these negative portrayals of African Americans such as the hit T.V show “Empire” that effectively captures the success of the people within the black community. The first piece to be examined is a song written and sung by the N.W.A. “Straight Outta Compton” in 1988 details the struggles of being an African American on the streets within downtown Los Angeles.
Kendrick Lamar is one such artist, he grew up in Compton, California, a city known for its crime. His father was a member of a street gang, and Kendrick’s family had ties to the famous gang the Bloods. Lamar was raised in a rough neighborhood during the 90s, but he overcame his history and became a successful artist and is using his voice for a greater purpose like reappropriating a racists slur. In the song “I” Kendrick successfully reappropriates the n-word by being a member of a marginalized group, empowering his group, and reconstructing the racist slur. The n-word is a derogatory label that has been used during one of the worst eras in our history, it has been used specifically against African Americans to demean their status as basic human beings.
America, home of the free, founded on ideals of equality and opportunity, or so we once thought. “Black Lives Matter”, has been a commonly heard phrase nation wide that represents police brutality against the African American community. Where and When did this popular hashtag start? Authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kelly brought the two sides of this racial conflict together in their recent book, All American Boys. In the story an African American boy was falsely accused of a crime, which resulted in him beaten to the brink of death by a police officer.
In the novel, All American Boys, the authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, tell a story of police brutality though the eyes of the victim, African American teenager, Rashad Butler, and the classmate who saw the tragedy unfold Quinn Collins. The novel serves through the eyes as a realistic interpretation of the injustices that are happening today ranging from radical inequalities, to police brutality, which have been on display via various social media outlets. This book is an accurate representation of society today because, the characters represent different types of people when an incident involving police brutality occurs. Quinn Collins, acts as if he is too afraid to stand up and doesn 't want to face the truth about what happened,
In the article, How Colin Kaepernick 's Protest Misfired, Peter Beinart states, “ I admire him for raising awareness about police brutality.” Colin Kaepernick, former quarterback of the San Francisco 49’ers, decided to take a knee during the National Anthem to protest the oppression inequalities of African American minorities. He is fighting a long battle of what he believes is right, although he has to make big sacrifices and might possibly lose his job. Thus, being an American means being free and to be able to exercise our rights and speak up for what we believe
rapper Toddy Tee launched the alleged West Coast hip-hop’s opening salvo criticizing police for their brutality in black-dominated neighborhoods. Apparently, the electro-grooved “Batterram,” inspired by the battering ram then-LAPD Chief Daryl Gates could ambush homes of suspected gangster drug dealers, became a hit on KDAY-AM, a local radio station. This is just an example of how the Los Angeles has been affected by the elements of hip-hop and gangster-related music of African-American origin. The track became a protect anthem in the black-dominated neighborhoods around the city of L.A., where many homes were suspected of harboring drugs. The 1992 L.A. riots came and found the soundtrack already in place.
Many have been shot and left for dead in the process. These rappers display the same dedication when breaking into the music industry, whether that involve promotinng their name and brand or increasing their money flow. The Hip Hop man 's methods of providing and protect what is theirs is not different from the action of the Military man protecting his country. Both men place themselves in danger to ensure the safety of their loves and livelihood. Both men will shed the blood of their enemy if needed and take comfort in knowing that they killed to save others.
The editorial also appeals to the audience’s basic value of life, equality, and justice. In the editorial the police commissioner for the city, states that, “police owned tonight.” This was after a protest in Ferguson, where police where caught using excessive force that was completely unnecessary. This appeals to unlawful justice because it was a peaceful protest that turned bad because of how the police handled the situation and treated the protesters. Other strategies used by the rhetoric are aesthetic. This editorial has a picture of an African American with his hands straight up in their air at the protest in Saint Louis.
Mike brown was also a African American male who was targeted by police, during his arrest police used unnecessary force to hold brown down. He said repentantly that he couldn’t breath and police disregarded what he was saying, this lead to mike browns death, when tried the police faced no penalty for their actions, this had a major impact on social media and lead to the hash tag “I can breath” people on social media used this expression in remembrance of mike brown, these 3 words go more in debt in the issue with police brutality. Mike brown became a huge impact on the issue of police brutality in social media. I only gave a couple example but there are unfortunately plenty more, the racial profiling and targeting of African Americans by police didn’t stop there. The African community felt like something bigger had to be done and this has started the on going black lives matter movement, a activist movement created by Alicia Garaz, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tomiete.
Police officers patrolling the area assumed he was breaking into the residence and arrested him. (Racial Profiling) Even though we are a very open society, many people are still profiled just because of their race at many shopping centers, airport, by police and in many other situation and many other people. Some people believe racial profiling does not exist anymore. They are wrong because racial profiling has become more common since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, especially toward Arabs and Muslims. (Racial Profiling) 9/11 was a day in history that nobody could forget but even with this we should not use racial profiling as a way of security.