Andrew KnoxHUM 125 – Hip-Hop Theory and CultureOctober 5, 2010the factory’s prosperity; restaurants and service businesses opened in the vicinity of the localfactory and thrived on income from factory workers.
This prosperity abruptly came to a halt when the role of the local factory was outsourced.All of the sudden, most available jobs for high school graduates paid little more than minimumwage and were not unionized. College became a requirement for anyone desiring a career, not just a job that you work at for your entire life. The new labor pool in the third world had noexpectation of benefits or employee rights, and were more than happy to be paid a third of theAmerican minimum wage to stand in one place and pull a lever every fifteen seconds. Theaftermath of this dramatic economic reorganization eventually resulted in the inner-city ghettosthat eventually created Hip-Hop, as explained by Dr. Black of the University of Washington:
Soon the commercial establishments close or relocate. Next the middle class and stable workingclass relocate. Vertical class integration declines as a result. New residents move in to replacethose who have relocated, but the new residents are more likely to be poor and to have limitedresources. The housing stock deteriorates and in some cases is actually abandoned by former owners, as is the case in Detroit, Michigan and Gary, Indiana.
So while the legality and social acceptability of racism, discrimination and segregationhad completely changed in a relatively small amount of time, outsourcing prevented African-Americans from fully taking advantage of the economic opportunities that had been available toWhites for generations. If outsourcing had never occurred, African-Americans could have proportionately integrated into the factory workforce and could have, as an ethnic group, joinedthe middle class en masse. Instead, poor Blacks moved (or were herded/redlined) into thesedevastated neighborhoods in search of cheap housing, only to find little to no employmentopportunities. “High rates of joblessness trigger neighborhood problems that undermine socialorganization, ranging from crime, delinquency, gang violence, and drug trafficking to family breakups and problems in the organization of family life.
”Thrust into this daily hell, Black men developed a coping mechanism called “Cool Pose.”If one could remain calm, unfazed and emotionally distant from daily threats and stressors, theywould be “cool,” apparently charismatic and “bad-ass.”
The problem with Cool Pose is that itcan lead to some of the situations it was originally designed to ignore. Arguments can quickly