Sarah Jones, actor and writer,
explains in “HIP
HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes”, “The image
of scantily-clad women is supposed to affirm some image of masculinity
…And the idea is, thesemen are so important and so powerful, and these women conversely are so dime a dozen… thatthey don't matter, they're just eye candy, they're worthless.”
If women started refusing to wear athong as their clothing for the camera then women could up rise from the internalized oppression
brought on by music videos and the late beliefs from the 1950‟s.
American men shouldn‟t have to abide by internalized oppression.
Louis Gates Jr., author of “What‟s in a Name?”,
writes about a childhood experience when hisfather accepted oppression from a well-known man in town, Mr. Wilson. As the story goes,Gates was just innocently minding his own business, eating caramel ice cream when his fathergreeted Mr. Wilson when he w
alked by. All that was said back was “Hello, George” (57).Confused, Gates told his father to correct Mr. Wilson because George wasn‟t his real name. This
was the first time Gates witness racism and oppression towards colored people. No matter howhard Mr. Gates worked, how many hours he spent a week at two jobs, how well respected by
others in the community, both black and white. In Mr. Wilson‟s eyes, they were all just“George”. They were all defined by that name and it was oppression that no one could st
Gates later described that memory as “
One of those things that provided a glimpse, through a rent
curtain, at another world that we could not affect but that affected us,”
When I think stereotypes of African-Americans the first person who comes to mind, andrepresents them as a whole, would be rapper/producer 50 Cent; a tough, very big muscled black man who raps about women, gang violence, and proving himself.
Author Kevin Powell says,
“We live in a society where manhood is all about conquering and violence…. And what we don‟trealize is that ultimately that kind of manhood ultimately kills you.”
This insight on the lifestyle