Sociological Images–the blog that I referenced in the last post (about Asian American’s acquisition of English)–is a fantastic source for teachers who are looking for information on the representation of ethnicity and language. In the post linked below, they provide a video of Black intellectuals and artists discussing sexism in Hip Hop. In addition to the video, there is a fantastic set of comments, which provide a number of examples of other kinds of music which also have objectionable lyrics.
This discussion is wonderful because Hip Hop’s sexism is often pointed to as an example of why mainstream White America is so concerned about African Americans. For many White Americans, Hip Hop and/or rap provide their first, primary, or only introduction to African American culture, and odds are that they aren’t just objecting to the sexism. They’re probably also reacting to the class differences. (Most Americans want to consider themselves middle-class regardless of where they fall in terms of Socio-Economic Status.) And, these reactions to class and sexism are most certainly tied to their beliefs about the status of African American Vernacular English (AAVE). For now, I’ll let the discussion on Sociological Images stand on it’s own, but it’s something I hope to post further on in the near future.