Modern Rap: Art or Obscenity? Educating youth and raising awareness in schools

Modern Rap: How problematic is it?

MODERN RAP: NORMALIZING VIOLENCE

Rap and the promotion of violence

MODERN RAP: GLORIFICATION OF MISOGYNY AND TRIVIALIZATION OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE

THESE RAPPERS GENERATE THE MOST MISOGYNISTIC RAP SONGS

MODERN RAP: REINFORCING NEGATIVE STEREOTYPES ABOUT THE BLACK COMMUNITY

BLACK WOMEN: LEFT OUT FROM THE BLACK REVOLUTION AND OBJECTIFIED
Stereotype: Black men are gangsters, drug dealers and pimps
CONSEQUENCES?

Increased racism, sexism and violence in society

RACIAL BIAS AND PREJUDICE

Men who listen to hip hop are believed to be more susceptible to demean women, and girls who endorse hip hop end up having a negative image about themselves.
Surveys have shown that violent music prompts violent behavior.
SOLUTION?

Modern Rap did not create racism, sexism and violence. It is just reinforcing these pejorative and dangerous social issues. Including a course in schools that would educate children about the dangerous effects of modern rap is necessary.

THE BENEFITS OF EDUCATING YOUTH ABOUT SOCIAL ISSUES FROM A YOUNG AGE

Drunk Driving decreased significantly among college students after successful initiatives to include awareness programs in schools.
College students have become more aware about safe dates, boundaries and consent.

THE PROPOSED COURSE TO SCHOOLS

  • Starts from elementary school
  • Once a week, two hours session
  • Interactive course; discussions between students and instructor.
  • Final exam: a comprehensive presentation
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