Whiteness and the Hip Hop Generation by Diane White
An issue I have wanted to return to all semester long has been White bodies in hip hop and hip hop culture. Though hip hop has clear and definite connections to the Black community and experience, if someone that is White feels that their lived experiences coincide with this culture then can they identify as hip hop generationers? Or on the first day of class, what did it mean that the members were predominantly White women?
Does this complicate the space set up for the class itself or can White people express an interest and desire in hip hop without imposing or appropriating the art form? I clearly don’t know the answers to these questions, though I am very interested in hearing everyone else’s take on them. Sometimes I feel that I am entering a sacred space that wasn’t meant for my presence, especially with showing clips of the film No for my final group project. Even with being open-minded and respectful, I feel that there are some spaces meant for a particular group of people and the act of discussing and exploring these spaces on the behalf of another more seemingly privileged group, is problematic. Issues that have come up in other classes are how to deal with privilege, whiteness and representation issues, though we have had little similar discussion in this course. I’m wondering how other people are feeling about these issues and thought it would be interesting to bring up in my last blog.