Hip Hop Planet Analysis

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Identity plays a big role in a person’s day-to-day live and it presents who that person is to others. Identity helps a person in meeting new people, in find new a job and in communicating with other. In Brent Staples “Black Men and Public Space” and James McBride “Hip Hop Planet”, they write about how society pressures people into changing their identity and suppresses who they really are; because of the standards that society has so that someone can “fit in”. I agree with them because I think that society dislikes what is different and what it cannot control, and it tries to change it into something acceptable. In “Black Men and Pubic Space”, the author, Brent Staples, writes about how his life and identity changes in New York City. He writes about how he is able to alter public in a negative way. His also discuss how he tries to accommodate the people who fear him, from leaving space between him and a person, to whistling classical music to prove that he is not a thug or a threat to anyone. In James McBride’s “Hip Hop Planet”, he writes about how hip-hop is affecting the identity of American youth. Moreover,…show more content…
Society will try to change what is not right, or it will just reject it all together. When it comes to race, society will usually judge it based on stereotypes. In Brent Staples “Black Men and Public Space”, he writes; “It was clear that she thought herself the quarry of a mugger, a rapist, or worse.” (Staples 19), in this quote the women, because of his race, runs away. Brent Staples realizes that because he is different, society will not accept him so easily. For this reason, I think that society changes people. Brent Staples starts to go out of his way to accommodate the people who are afraid him; he whistles classical music softly to show the people that are afraid of him that he is not a dug or a threat to them, he changed who he is just to be accepted, society changes

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