Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
colorblind, hip-hop, race
Does the individual's frequency of listening to hip-hop music have an effect on whether or not they believe in a color-blind ideology? Using data from a 25-item questionnaire given to 165 participants drawn for a sample from an urban California college, this study tested six hypotheses in order to determine if such a connection exists. Results revealed that individuals who frequently listened to misogynistic rap were less likely to believe that race is a convenient way to categorize individuals, controlling for race, sex, and income. Thus, individuals who had a higher frequency of listening to hiphop were less likely to have a color-blind ideology. These results contribute to
theoretical views about notions of race and cultural practices by showing that hip-hop
music listeners, to some extent, take an active role in shaping their views of race.
Bercasio, Eliezer, "Coming From Sounds of Blackness: Exploring the Effects of Hip-Hop on Views of Race" (2012). Master's Theses. Paper 4186.