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By John McWhorter

New York Time's Bestselling Author

Gotham Books, June 2008

Articles

Conscious Rap Part II John McWhorter, The New York Sun, June 19, 2008

Last week I argued in this [column] against the idea that the "conscious" brand of rap music offers useful advice of an inspirational or political nature, contrary to a popular notion that such rap has the potential to spark some kind of "hiphop revolution" among young black people. Because this new version of political awareness is such an idle detour, I will depart from my usual practice and respond to the comments last week's piece elicited...

'Conscious' Hiphop Fallacy, John McWhorter, New York Sun, June 12, 2008

. . . Criticize the violence and sexism, and get ready for a tsunami of emails hotly objecting, "It's not all like that!" More specifically, the idea is that beyond the theatrics of gangsta rappers like 50 Cent, "conscious" rap "has something to say." There are more than a few smart people under the impression that what rap has to say could even energize an activist groundswell among the poor. . . They think of it as unquestionable that for black people, politics must be about challenging authority, taking to the streets, the upturned middle finger. The problem is that the days when this orientation fed or taught anyone anything are long past. They miss other kinds of black politics that actually help people in the real world. . .

 

Books by
John McWhorter


Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America
Dutton and Gotham Books, February 2006

Authentically Black: Essays for the Black Silent Majority
Gotham Books, 2004

Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America
Free Press, 2000

  

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