The Hip Hop Generation and Post-Civil Rights Black Politics (Undergrad Lecture)




The representatives of this new day (sporting baggy clothes and spitting rap lyrics) seem to contrast with the public image of Civil Rights icons like Martin Luther King, Jr. (the clean cut, orator). But despite surface dissimilarities these figures bear an eerie resemblance. Both the emcee and the orator assume that black male leadership is a reliable index for the fate of the black community. This course mixes a diverse set of readings with music and film to interrogate the specific generational tensions that structure popular and intellectual discourses concerning the "hip-hop generation" and the perceived demise of contemporary black politics.