Hip Hop And The American Dream Essay

805 Words Nov 18th, 2015 4 Pages
When thinking about rap music, one does not associate it with political activism and civil rights automatically, but in its earliest beginnings, the Hip-hop culture was the political voice for impoverished youth living in the urban cities of America (Wright 2010). Hip-hop represented the experience of impoverished blacks living in the urban city during the 1980s and 1990s, and allowed African Americans to express their pain and suffering through art instead of violence. Issues such as racial segregation in the housing sector and income inequality between blacks and whites are still present after the Jim Crowe era and the passage of the Civil Rights Act. The early beginnings of hip hop were essential for African Americans developing a culture and dealing with poverty and injustice, but the commercialization of rap music minimizes the political messages placed that initially helped unite the black and latino urban communities. The history of slavery and racial oppression in the United States has thwarted the majority of African-Americans from living the American dream (Aguirre and Turner 1998). The housing sector has provided distinct advantages to white, suburban communities compared to blacks in the urban city. The Housing Act of 1934 increased homeownership opportunities for millions of Americans by placing federal granted credit over private loans, but the majority of the loan money was acquired by white Americans in suburban districts (Lipsitz 2007). This contributed to…

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