Why White Kids Love Hip-Hop: Wankstas, Wiggers,
Wannabes, and the New Reality of Race in America
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About The Book
A veteran social commentator and
music critic argues that hip-hop has broken down more racial barriers
than any other social development since the Civil Rights movement.
Our national conversation about race is ludicrously out-of-date.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. This topic is
ripe, but untried, and Kitwana poses and answers a plethora of
Does hip-hop belong to black kids?
What in hip-hop appeals to white youth?
Is hip-hop different from what rhythm, blues, jazz, and even rock 'n'
roll meant to previous generations?
How have mass media and consumer culture made hip-hop a unique
What does class have to do with it?
Are white kids really hip-hop's primary listening audience?
How do young Americans think about race, and how has hip-hop influenced
Are young Americans achieving Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream through
Kitwana 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.
Bakari Kitwana was the Executive
Editor of The Source, the country's best-selling music magazine, for
much of the nineties, and has served as Editorial Director at 3rd World
Press and as music reviewer for NPR's "All Things Considered." He
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 Hip Hop Generation,
and he lives in Westlake, Ohio.
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