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There have been at least three major artistic movements during the 20th Century in the African American community They are the Harlem Renaissance 1920s the Black Arts Movement 1960-1970s and the RapHip Hop culture 1980s-Present Two of them barely touched the minds and wallets of white middle-class America but it is no big secret that RapHip Hop has come to dominate not only the airwaves but several major industries fashion alcohol jewelry and automobile Black Americans have been oppressed since slavery especially by white people It is a medium for racial empowerment which allows them to express their discontents on being the oppressed group Hip-hop culture offers a means of escape that could free its participants from the frictions they faced in daily lives such as racial subordination hate crimes and low employment rate In recent years however rap music has been criticized as brutally honest misogynistic homophobic and violent According to bell hooks Who Takes the Rap Misogyny Gangster Rap and The Piano African American Review the sexist misogynist patriarchal ways of thinking and behaving that are glorified in gangsta rap are a reflection of the prevailing values in our society values created and sustained by white supremacist capitalist patriarchy As the crudest and most brutal expression of sexism misogynistic attitudes tend to be portrayed by the dominant culture as an expression of male deviance In reality they are part of a sexist continuum necessary for the maintenance of patriarchal social order Black women are portrayed as sexually permissive as available and eager for the sexual assaults of any man black or white Most Americans including black people acknowledge and accept this hierarchy they have internalized it either consciously or unconsciously hook bell Continued Devaluation of Black Womanhood in Feminism and Sexuality A Reader In the context for hip hop culture they are the hos the bitches and the pussy girls who are manipulated by rich rappers Or are they viewing their
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