Essay on How Hip Hop Affect The Way People Think About Politics

1428 Words Oct 9th, 2015 6 Pages
Hip-hop culture has the ability to effect the way people think about politics and how presidential candidates execute their campaigns. This power has been realized recently, especially by President Obama, but we have yet to truly see it reach its full potential.
Hip-hop has been around since about the early 1970s, but never had it realized its potential to effect politics until the 2008 presidential election. The starting point of this realization was during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This was during a time that many young, especially African-American, people were already tired of President Bush in office and it showed in many hip-hop songs in those years. Hip-hop made a small attempt on their own to get more young people out to vote for John Kerry in the 2004 election. 50 Cent and Kanye West combined with Eminem in to send out a viral video to highlight the importance of casting your vote. These efforts, however, fell short and President Bush was reelected in 2004. The effect of this decision was felt the most in 2005 during the time when Hurricane Katrina hit the city of New Orleans.
During the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, most of New Orleans was stuck in the Superdome together, with little clean water and food, while President Bush provided no assistance. This created an uprising from the citizens of New Orleans, blacks and whites alike. This is what Steve Stoute calls in his book, The Tanning of America, the “tanning effect;” the idea that white and black…

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