Bakari Kitwana was the Executive Editor of The Source from 1994-98; Editorial Director at Third World Press; and a music reviewer for NPR's All Things Considered. He currently freelances for the Village Voice, Savoy, The Source, and the Progressive, and his weekly column, "Do the Knowledge," is published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He is the author of The Rap on Gangsta Rap and The Hip Hop Generation. He lives in Westlake, Ohio.
Why White Kids Love Hip Hop: Wankstas, Wiggers, Wannabes, and the New Reality of Race in Americaby Bakari Kitwana
Our national conversation about race is ludicrously out of date.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
Our national conversation about race is ludicrously out of date.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.
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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.
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.