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Stare in the DarknessThe Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics$
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Lester K. Spence

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669875

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669875.001.0001

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A Little Knowledge Is Dangerous: Consuming Rap and Political Attitudes

A Little Knowledge Is Dangerous: Consuming Rap and Political Attitudes

(p.55) 2 A Little Knowledge Is Dangerous: Consuming Rap and Political Attitudes
Stare in the Darkness

Lester K. Spence

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the influence of the extent of rap consumption and exposure on black youth attitudes by considering two different points in time: 1994, when the generation most affiliated with the development of hip-hop were just reaching adulthood; and 2003, when the nation waged war against Iraq. Social position and exposure to black information sources shape levels of support for black political ideologies. These sources identify forms of antiblack racism and areas of black political possibility, as well as help define the meaning of blackness; such sources include black newspapers and magazines, television programs and movies, music, public speeches of black political leaders. The chapter presents two surveys as part of understanding the interrelationship between rap consumption, rap exposure, and political attitudes.

Keywords:   rap consumption, rap exposure, political attitudes, black information sources, antiblack racism

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