Sunday, November 1, 2009


Does America embrace her diversity? Depending on your perspective in American society your answers may vary. From the position of the ruling elite, economic giants, and social dominants America may seem to accept her children no matter the color, race or creed. But on the other hand, for the majority of people in America, to which she has been a vengeful, cruel, and abusive parent, the answer is a bit more complicated. In the end, in order to answer that question, you must change it; how does America choose to embrace her diversity?

Social Movement

Social Movement

“From the very beginning of its recent History, hip-hop music- or rap, as it has come to be know- has faced various obstacles. Initially, rap was deemed a passing fad, a playful and ephemeral black cultural form that seamed off the musical energies of urban black teens. As it became obvious that rap was here to stay, a permanent fixture in black ghetto youths’ musical landscape, the reactions changed from dismissal to denigration, and rap music came under attack from both black and white quarters. Is rap really as dangerous as many argue?”-Michael Eric Dyson, The Michael Eric Dyson Reader, p. 401

Reading Michael Eric Dyson’s excerpt in Revelations, sparked me to further explore his investigation into the issue as well as do some investigating myself. As I did my research I thought it interesting to understand not necessarily just the perspective and lyrical content of individual rappers, legendary or ordinary, but it became essential to understand the historical reference of hip-hop in the same way that one would study the Ghost Dance Movement, or how our ancestor’s used music and dance once captured in a foreign land under colonialist slavery.

I couldn’t help but notice the similarities in the historical movements, in the way they form and affect the spirits of the people, and particularly when it came to the reaction they received from their oppressors. Perhaps it is not hip-hop that aggression and oppression fears, but the expression of the trampled but not yet defeated soul; it is the only thing that has truly threatened power throughout the course of history.

Monday, September 7, 2009


Webster's defines post as "a prefix meaning 'behind,' 'after,' 'later,' 'sub-sequent to'[...]." Taking this definition as a basis for the term "post-racial," it is clear that America, a nation built by constant racial re-definition and conflict, is far from post racial. In order to put the social construct of race 'behind,' one would have to first disregard social mores that govern the interaction between people and define life in American society. It would be necessary to erase the image of the white economic and educational elite; represented by the Federal Reserve and the Ivy League. To the dismay of those who would claim America as 'post-racial', these symbols of the racially defined status quo continue to form the present.