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March 24, 2016 | Author: | Posted in social sciences, sociology

Downside of Hip-Hop

Hip-hop is one of the most popular forms of music in the United States and its message and influence is felt worldwide . Some people argue that hip-hop has a positive impact on African American culture and has given African Americans a revolutionary political voice , but the author John H . McWhorter is not one of them . McWhorter wrote an article called How Hip-Hop Holds Blacks Back ‘ and argued that hip-hop has not been a positive vehicle for African American mobility and progress . In his article , McWhorter argued that hip-hop music [banner_entry_middle]

hinders African Americans and encourages them to reject society ‘s norms and values and embrace angry , violent , misogynist norms . McWhorter asserted that hip-hop music encourages African American males to rebel against authority , which is negatively impacting the African American community He also argued that the negative norms of hip-hop music help reinforce stereotypes and racist views that mainstream society has historically held about African Americans . McWhorter also disagreed with advocates and supporters of hip-hop who maintain that hip-hop is a positive medium for African Americans because it let ‘s them express their frustrations against oppression and gives them a political voice

McWhorter made a convincing argument about the negative impacts of hip-hop on the African American community . He used both personal experiences and incidents from the hip-hop community to argue his case For example , to illustrate the negative influence of hip-hop , McWhorter used the lyrical content of rap songs as his primary evidence . By using hip-hop lyrics , McWhorter effectively demonstrated how hip-hop promotes irresponsibility , violence , misogynist views , disrespect for authority and many other negative attitudes . McWhorter also used personal experiences , which showed hip-hop ‘s negative influence on African American males . He recalled an incident where a few African American males , who were obviously influenced by hip-hop , were behaving rowdily and disly in a restaurant and when asked to leave , they blatantly disrespected the authority figure . This type of attitude to disrespect authority can be directly attributed to exposure to hip-hop music which McWhorter effectively illustrated

McWhorter also made convincing argument to debunk the claims of hip-hop advocates who argue that hip-hop is actually revolutionary because it gives African Americans a political voice , despite its bleak and negative content . McWhorter debunks this by stating that hip-hop does the exact opposite . McWhorter showed that hip-hop actually alienates African Americans from political power because many African Americans are pressured to conform to the negative norms of hip-hop which hinders progress . McWhorter argued that there is nothing revolutionary about misogynistic , violent , angry music because it only pushes African Americans further into the margins of society , which is an accurate and effective argument

McWhorter ‘s argument against hip-hop was effective because he accurately illustrated everything that is wrong with hip-hop and why it actually holds African Americans down . Currently the African American community ‘s progress is stunted because many African Americans are pressured to live up to the negative images of hip-hop , rather than their true potential and McWhorter accurately depicted this gloomy… [banner_entry_footer]

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