November 30, 2007
Gender & Popular Culture
Tricia Rose. Hidden Politics: Discursive and Institutional Policing of Rap Music
Description: There is an attitude of hostility expressed by the authority towards rap music, black youths, and black people in general.
Analysis: "there was an almost palpable sense of hostility on behalf of the guards as well as the patrons" (397)
• Laughing and joking among men and women, which had been loud and buoyant… turned into virtual silence." (397)
• Black-in-black crime does not carry the same moral weight
Vision: A better understanding of rap by the general (white) public that realizes the true goal of rap music- the struggle over access to public space, community resources, and the interpretation of black expression.
Strategy: None stated.