Racial Profiling And The Inner City

1605 Words Dec 21st, 2015 7 Pages
“there is… no indication that the problematic culture of the inner city is the direct result of institutional racism and governmental neglect as manifest in employment and housing discrimination, the proliferation of firearms, the abandonment of public education, the War on Drugs, racial profiling, and mass incarceration. Rather than publicly make such arguments about the roots of Black American suffering, Obama has repeatedly argued for an increased sense of personal responsibility… Such calls may be well intentioned, but when emphasis is placed on social and personal choice instead of racism as a political force that restricts choice, victim blaming prevents problem solving” (“Where ya at?” 318).
We can surmise, then, that Obama’s image is directly related to the notion of the “post-racial” through his failure to explicitly discuss racism, which in turn, affects how notions of race and raciality are conceived and discussed in the American socio-political landscape as a whole; in contrast, hip hop is in a position to deal more explicitly with race and racism. As Jeffries argues, “Poverty, disorder, and ghetto culture are central to analyses of hip-hop meaning, thanks to the symbolic importance of the ghetto as an element of hip-hop authenticity and the historical importance of neglected urban space as the birthplace of hip-hop culture” (Thug Life 28). Thus, hip hop remains firmly rooted in traditionally Black spaces and experiences which lends hip hop and rap artists the…
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