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Our national conversation about race is ludicrously out of date. Hip hop is the key to understanding how things are changing. In a provocative book that will appeal to hip-hoppers both black and white and their parents, Bakari Kitwana deftly teases apart the culture of hip-hop to illuminate how race is being lived by young Americans. Why White Kids Love Hip Hop addresses uncomfortable truths about America's level of comfort with black people, challenging preconceived notions of race. With this brave tour de force, Bakari Kitwana takes his place alongside the greatest African-American intellectuals of the past decades.
Posted April 1, 2008
The author's name alone should be some sign...what does a black man know about why white kids love hip hop...The entire book is based on the incorrect generalization that white kids want to be black, because black people are cool. sure, there's some cool black people, but nowadays there's nothing necessarily 'Black' about hip hop. Hip hop is a culture which is NOT bound to one particular race, and a black man has no right to guess as to why white kids are getting more involved. He says throughout the book that black people are at the forefront of urban culture, then eventually the white kids get on board. Give me a break. The book was full of almost-statistics and blatant stereotypes.
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Posted November 26, 2008
crazy, lacks true focus on what makes the white kids in America listen to hip hop, I waited for the answer the whole book! if the author gonna say he understands wansters,wiggers, and wannabees, then you should have the answer to this question.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 22, 2009
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