Hip Hop Culture And Culture Essay examples

2164 Words Nov 29th, 2016 9 Pages
It is our culture from dreads to cornrows to the language and even to the dances and it should not be misused. Reflecting on the meaning hip-hop holds for my family and how people can so easily take and misconstrue it made me curious to the extents of cultural appreciation and appropriation, and how they are displayed differently. When does a person stop appreciating the culture and begin to appropriate it and how is that defined? These questions and interest in cultural appropriation are more relevant than ever in today’s American society, as hip-hop culture is becoming a prevalent trend inside and outside the African American community.
Hip-hop is a culture that has been appreciated through cultural exchange but has also been appropriated for numerous years. James O. Young defines culture as the core values, religious beliefs, customs, activities, and language(s) of a specific group of people, which are required to be analyzed to differentiate the insiders of a culture from the outsiders. In correlation, appropriation is defined as the taking on of an aspect or aspects from a culture to which one does not belong to and creating racial generalizations and stereotypes ( Matthes; Stenberg; Young 136). Hip-hop originates from African American experiences and blossomed in urban centers, referred to as ghettos, located on the Eastern coast of the United States (Eberhardt and Freeman 303-305; Jaffe 656-657). Referencing Jack Chang, Maeve Eberhardt and Kara Freeman suggest that…

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