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multicultural scene

Discussion in 'Third Rail' started by Tremble, Jan 27, 2005.

  1. Tremble

    Tremble New Jack

    Joined: Jan 18, 2005 Messages: 42 Likes Received: 0
    This is a topic thats been troubling me for sometime...dont mind me while i go quasi intellectual...I havent been writing long less than a year maybe but the culture of my town (somewhere in england) and the scene seem so much different to that of new york or even manchster... espiecially the race issue...in my town their was only ever 2 black writers, which is strange to me and 99% of the writers in my town are white...but as a supposed element of hip hop (a black/ puerto rican street culture)
    many people in my town have come to persieve graffiti as something done by ethnic groups many of my pen tags on buses and in various places have been commented on underneath by such things as "nigger shit"...its this narrow mindedness that pisses me off, not just by members of the drunken redneck public, but by other writers as well...is this the same in your town/city? is graffiti multiculturial anymore?...ive asked some of my writing mates what they would think to a black writer...most of the response is "he'd intimidate everyone and cross everything" which is basically not standing up for graffiti as freedom of words....i thought it bridged divides in culture..
    but what can i say maybe i just live in a town full of racists.
    maybe graffiti is only for ex-skaters and rudeboys....
    any thoughts>>>
  2. trackstand

    trackstand Senior Member

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  3. Abracadabra

    Abracadabra Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Dec 28, 2001 Messages: 22,906 Likes Received: 113
    the longer the police/local government in your town think it's "nigger shit" the longer your lilly white ass is going to get away with it.

    embrace the stereotypes and narrow-mindedness....they work in our favour
  4. illestpapoe!!!!

    illestpapoe!!!! Junior Member

    Joined: Dec 18, 2004 Messages: 111 Likes Received: 0
    why would they blame niggers more than in any other city especially if you say that there are virtually no niggers that paint?

    maybe i misread your post or sometihng.. i am going to read it again
  5. dalin

    dalin New Jack

    Joined: Jan 26, 2005 Messages: 10 Likes Received: 0
    He did also happen to mention "maybe i just live in a town full of racists.". And just because he quoted someone on saying "nigger shit" doesn't give you free reign to be weilding that all willy-nilly.

    I guess what ABC said is true though. It does work to your advantage. When I was living with my folks back in high school I probably only knew 1 or 2 other black writers, but that was probably more a function of where we lived. What portion of the general population do Black people make up in your town?

    In the less anonymous elements of hip-hop (emcees, dj's) race did, and to a lesser extent today does, play a factor whether subconsciously or, with some people, through an obvertly racist mindset. The anonymity of graff doesn't open it up to those frictions as much. But individual experiences vary. Just because someone is into hip-hop doesn't mean they have a progressive/positive outlook on culture and race.

    In my personal experience I've also come across more Hispanic breakers than others; perhaps having to do with the influences of Brazilian capoeria (sp?) on the styles, or major role models in the element (many of Rock Steady being Latino).

    Interesting topic though. I wonder if someone could gather statistics or something on the subject. It would be interesting to see the beakdown.
  6. test

    test Junior Member

    Joined: Aug 4, 2004 Messages: 130 Likes Received: 0
    don't interpret this as racism at all, but
    here in my town, because of several generations of racism, prejiduce, discrimination and segregation, many black kids here tend to be pretty dumb. it is not their fault, but simply the product of socio-economic factors beyond the control of most individuals. The idea behind it I guess is, if you're parents grew up the ghetto, never had good education, you're born into a poor home in a bad part of town, poor schools, etc, all the factors are going to likely leave you in the situation you started in. Thus said, most black males in the teenage plus years here are invovled with gangs and stuff, so most of the black "writers" just do gang tags. the writing scene here iss really small anyway. the whole real hip hop scene is.