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CM 380 Critical Cultural Studies

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Patrice Oppliger

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Critical Cultural Studies
History of Modern Music from Critical Cultural Perspective
*Watch for terms such as "acceptable" and "nonthreatening"
LBGT Representations
1960s: Motown
Origins of Rap/Hip Hop: Video clip
Uses and Gratification
Media Effects
Critical Cultural Studies
*Look for Hegemony (co-opting an other's culture)
Spiral of Silence
Killing Us Softly: Jean Kilbourne
*Oppressed group becomes more oppressed when they speak out
To the man that waited on me at the Starbucks down on Main, I hope you understand
When I put on that t-shirt, the only thing I meant to say is I'm a Skynyrd fan
The red flag on my chest somehow is like the elephant in the corner of the south
And I just walked him right in the room
Just a proud rebel son with an 'ol can of worms
Lookin' like I got a lot to learn but from my point of view

I'm just a white man comin' to you from the southland
Tryin' to understand what it's like not to be
I'm proud of where I'm from but not everything we've done
And it ain't like you and me can re-write history
Our generation didn't start this nation
We're still pickin' up the pieces, walkin' on eggshells, fightin' over yesterday
And caught between southern pride and southern blame

They called it Reconstruction, fixed the buildings, dried some tears
We're still siftin' through the rubble after a hundred-fifty years
I try to put myself in your shoes and that's a good place to begin
But it ain't like I can walk a mile in someone else's skin

Dear Mr. White Man, I wish you understood
What the world is really like when you're livin' in the hood
Just because my pants are saggin' doesn't mean I'm up to no good
You should try to get to know me, I really wish you would
Now my chains are gold but I'm still misunderstood
I wasn't there when Sherman's March turned the south into firewood
I want you to get paid but be a slave I never could
Feel like a new fangled Django, dodgin' invisible white hoods
So when I see that white cowboy hat, I'm thinkin' it's not all good
I guess we're both guilty of judgin' the cover not the book
I'd love to buy you a beer, conversate and clear the air
But I see that red flag and I think you wish I wasn't here

I'm just a white man
(If you don't judge my do-rag)
Comin' to you from the southland
(I won't judge your red flag)
Tryin' to understand what it's like not to be
I'm proud of where I'm from
(If you don't judge my gold chains)
But not everything we've done
(I'll forget the iron chains)
It ain't like you and me can re-write history
(Can't re-write history baby)

Oh, Dixieland
(The relationship between the Mason-Dixon needs some fixin')
I hope you understand what this is all about
(Quite frankly I'm a black Yankee but I've been thinkin' about this lately)
I'm a son of the new south
(The past is the past, you feel me)
And I just want to make things right
(Let bygones be bygones)
Where all that's left is southern pride
(RIP Robert E. Lee but I've gotta thank Abraham Lincoln for freeing me, know what I mean)
It's real, it's real
It's truth

More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/b/brad_paisley/
Marxist Criticism
power/resources/class rule
Feminist Criticism
Gender inequality
Male as standard
Critical Race Theory
Premise: Race is socially constructed
Debate: Color Blind vs. Color Conscious
1980s: Changing a Culture
Debate over sports mascots
If individuals believe their opinions are unpopular,
they will stay silence for fear of isolation
(where it fits)
Critical Cultural Studies
Terminology: Governor vs. Governess
Master vs. Mistress
The Voice
Confessions of an Advertising Man David Ogilvy (1963)
Public Relations by Edward Bernays (1952)

Tool Belt:
Cultural Studies
Officially sanctioned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida
Opponents also see this argument as a false equivalency because it ignores systemic inequality and serves to discount the Native American voice by saying that if one group isn't hurt by a particular portrayal, then no group has the right to be hurt, regardless of vastly different backgrounds, treatment, and social positions
A 2013 USA Today poll found widespread support for the Redskins name. The poll indicated that 79 percent of Americans believed that the Redskins should keep their name.
A 2002 poll commissioned by Sports Illustrated found that 75% of those American Indians surveyed had no objection to the Redskins name
*Note: importance of understanding culture and history
Fighting Irish or Ragin' Cajuns Mascots
Images of Women
CBS This Morning: Taking Stock
Brad Paisley feat. L. L. Cool J: Accidental Racist
The high court’s 6-2 decision upheld a voter-approved change to the Michigan Constitution in 2006 that forbids the state's public colleges to make race, gender, ethnicity or national origin a factor in college admissions.
At UCLA, African American freshmen from California represented 7.1% of the class in 1995, declined to 3.5% three years later, and constituted 4.9% this year.
At UC Berkeley, in-state African Americans made up 6.3% of freshmen in 1995, 3.6% in 1998 and 3.8% this year.

The in-state Latino share of UCLA's freshmen was 21.5% in 1995, dropped to 10.4% by 1998 and has climbed to 25.8% this year, UC records show. Berkeley's Latinos from California went from 15.5% of freshmen to 7.3% after the proposition went fully into effect and is up to 17% this year.
(LA Times, 2014)

In a vehement dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor faulted her colleagues for what she said was their "refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters."
Last week's Supreme Court Ruling on affirmative action:
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., concluded
"that racial preferences may themselves have the debilitating effect of reinforcing precisely that doubt [that minority students sometimes feel about themselves] and — if so — that the preferences do more harm than good."
Chuck Berry
Elvis Presley
*Example of Hegenomy
Statistics before and after California's ban on affirmative action admission
Article in BU Today about microaggressions
"When Words Are Unwittingly Racist or Sexist"
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