Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Black Rock Artists

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I was having an interesting conversation with my friend the other day. He told me that he thought black skateboarders and black rock stars look weird. I was perplexed at this at first….it didn’t seem characteristic of him to say that. He then proceeded to going on a rant about how black rock artists don’t fit the mold or ”scene” and that it looks weird seeing them at shows and whatnot. I immediately noted important figures in rock and roll that were black, such as Jimi Hendrix or, even currently, the lead singer of Bloc Party. He noted that those were rare instances….and that he’d rather have them never exist than have black people damaging rock like todays rap. Needless to say I won’t be hanging around this kid anymore. I wonder why it seems so weird to see people discriminated on the basis of music….one doesn’t see the same negativity against white people and rap. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, but it’s something to consider. Music should not be an inherent grouping of people.


Written by seemenomore123

December 1, 2009 at 7:13 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. This is an interesting post. I definitely think a lot of people think this way, but just don’t talk about it much. I think it’s so funny that people really think there is a certain mold that accompanies certain types of music. Not even just about race, but dress, socioeconomic status, geographical location, etc. What happened to music being a subjective form of art?


    December 1, 2009 at 7:29 pm

  2. I agree, people make generalizations about what music different racial/ethnic groups listen to. The fact that there are so few artists that cross these boundaries just cements these stereotypes.


    December 2, 2009 at 8:39 pm

  3. This is ridiculous. Black skaters kill it and bring an entirely new look to the scene. The keyboardist for Manchester Orchestra is black and that guy kills it. Rock evolved from the blues of the African Americans back in the day.


    December 2, 2009 at 8:57 pm

  4. I think this is stupid people can do whatever they want if most people are okay with white rappers like Eminem how come black people would be called weird for being a rock artist. This also brings diversity to rock so I do not see a problem in it.


    December 4, 2009 at 5:14 am

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