Imagine living in a Puritan society 330 years ago. Religious zeal and devotion are the basis of the community. Ministers and pastors promote male supremacy and women are looked down upon. The fundamental rule in society is to follow God’s law and obey His commandments. Harsh, remorseless punishment is inflicted on those who stray from God’s laws. Now compare the Puritan society to today’s society. The American culture is ruled by momentary yet popular trends. Colored skinny jeans, snap-backs, unnecessary fashion glasses and neon clothing can be seen almost anywhere on the street (Lutz). Also modern culture has astronomically altered social norms. Women used to be the ideal caretaker of innocence and purity, but now women dress in revealing
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Once an expression of sinfulness, dance has become an expression of freedom and rebellion. African countries were under siege of dictators and war, therefore they felt as if they were losing their independence and identity. It is unknown exactly where hip hop dancing started in Africa, but people began dancing to express themselves. Dance became a symbol of free speech and political resistance, and people around the world began to notice (Morgan, Hip-Hop & the Global Imprint of a Black Cultural Form). Hip hop was born in the United States in the Bronx during the 1970’s. The prodigious city of New York was undergoing a streak of poverty. Young people began to catch onto what the African youth was doing, and they began dancing. They danced for their identity and they danced to be noticed.
Now hip hop has become a plethoric symbol of outrage. Youth in the Bronx utilized hip hop to express their rage at the world and their attitude about life. This fury burning behind hip hop and rap has caused some controversy in today’s society. “Angry voices from inner city American 'hoods, boasting of criminal license and sexual conquests, remain the most produced hip-hop music by the major record companies today” (Morgan, Hip Hop Matters: Politics, Pop Culture, and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement). This kind of encouragement for criminal behavior by music artists has greatly