Kitwana "Why White Kids Love Hip Hop"

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                                     White Boys Don't Necessarily want to be Black              
  In Bakari Kitwana's book Why White Kids Love Hip-Hop, he share his views on why white kids love hip-hop, Kitwana also acknowledges the shifts in hip-hop from an old generations radical views of hip-hop into a new cultural movement were young whites begin emulating blacks as cool due to technology advances that has made Hip-Hop mainstream. Mainstream connects hip hop and popular culture which creates an acceptance for hip-hop and alters the way young Americans look at race, giving people around the world a chance to embrace Hip-Hop. In return creating new racial politics that help confront race as a National reality and move forward to bring youth together to communicate without race restricting people’s views of one another.   The Civil Rights movement brought different races together and opened up whites and blacks views on one another and created a space for acceptance. This space for acceptance made politicians and parents from the post-baby boom generation uncomfortable because they view Hip-Hop as an infection that is poisoning American morality and is making white kids want to be black. They also blamed hip-hop for declining American values because it promotes violence and drug use. Kitwana is aware

that the negative messages heard in hip-hop damage all the possibilities to enable individuals to do the right thing. The author views explains that white kids are not necessarily trying to act black and copy the black culture because they only think it is cool but if you look at it on a deeper level white kids are embracing black culture because they actually know black people and study the culture or they sympathize with the struggle and want to identify with something outside Americans mainstream society.  Kitwana states that the growing sense of alienation from mainstream America drew the first wave of white kids to Hip-Hop in 1980. Life...
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