Analysis Of Public Enemy's Fear Of A Black Planet

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As outlined extensively throughout this essay, as theorised by Foucault, the dominant discourse in America during the time of Public Enemy was the culture of racism. This racism was perpetuated in many ways which served to keep the black community oppressed. Attitudes of Americans with post-colonial mind-set, negative ideologies reinforced cultural hegemony through the media, the social and political policies of the Reagan Administration, all these elements formed the dominant discourse which served to keep social classes divided, leaving the African-American community socially, economically and politically disenfranchised.
Urban Enterprise Zones formed under the Reagan Administration, became a form of racial containment for the black community,
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Public Enemy’s ‘Fear of a Black Planet’ is extremely culturally significant, providing social commentary, critiquing the environment during the 1980s which was generated as a result of Racism in America.
The album explores root causes of the dominant discourse such as colonialism, Marx theory of exploitation and results of social division such as institutionalised racism, miscegenation, cultural hegemony, demonstrating the effects this negative portrayal of black people by the media has had on the black community, illustrating attitudes of government bodies towards the black community in songs such as , with response time to emergency calls in these neighbourhoods being slow as a result of the media focus being that this community is not equal, respectable or worthy of the same treatment afforded to the white

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