Stereotypes In Hip Hop Culture

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The lack of respect from white people for the origins of hip hop culture can also be seen in their obliviousness to the racial boundaries of the subculture. For example, in Jason Rodriquez’ investigation into the color-blindness of white youth who participate in hip hop culture, he found that they were ignorant of their own positions in regards to racial issues surrounding their involvement in the subculture. Rodriquez writes, “Using a rhetorical strategy that recognizes the importance of racial inequality for others, and a denial of the salience of race in their own lives, the strong majority of concertgoers use color-blind ideology to justify their participation in a local hip-hop scene” (Rodriquez 2006:646-647). Through his research and…show more content…
For example, white people can participate in hip hop culture even while still condemning it, as can be seen by the negative stereotypes associated with the subculture. In their article, Reyna, Brandt, and Viki investigate the discrimination of black people as a result of stereotypes. They write, “Regardless of the ultimate aim of rap music, its definition, or the value that listeners derive from it, one thing is certain: rap music and the culture that surrounds it have become associated with negative stereotypes of Blacks” (Reyna, Brandt, Viki 2009:362). The negative stereotypes applied to those associated with hip hop culture do not affect white participants of the subculture. The separation of white people from racial issues while still participating in and condemning black culture shows not only their ignorance through color-blind ideology, but also their ability to take part in other cultures without suffering consequences. Their participation in hip hop can thus be seen as a form of expressing their power, stealing culture without consequence, rather than treating the subculture with

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