It is not surprising that young white males – most between thirty and forty – play major roles in the production of hip-pop. It’s easy to forget this because when most people critique rap and hip-pop harshly, they assume that young black men are the sole creators and producers of misogynist rap. In fact, nothing is unilaterally produced anymore. As we’ve discussed, once you have a corporate takeover of the street culture, it is no longer the property of the young, Black and Latino men and women who have created it. It is reinvented with the mass consumer audience in mind. The hard-core misogyny and the hard-core sexism isn’t a translation from street to big-time studio, it is a product of the big-time studio.
bell hooks, Homegrown: Engaged Cultural Criticism (via eastafrodite)
At one point, when talking with my straight cis white coworker, he was starting with some stupid ignorant jibes towards black people in the media, and before I could check him, he stopped himself and went “well no, that’s not fair, because we all know those stories and roles were made by men like me for men like me, so of course that’s why they look the way they do…”