Thu, Nov 14 at 7:30 p.m. | 90 minutes
We'll examine lyrics from Meek Mill and other hip-hop artists in the light of systematic oppression and discuss how experiential knowledge of these systems make some of these artists the best equipped to speak on the subject of inequality.
The 1970s also saw the emergence of Critical Race Theory (CRT), as a response to the racial inequalities of the Civil Rights Acts of the previous decade. A tenet of CRT is the centrality of experiential knowledge in which Critical Race theorists prioritize the voices and perspectives of marginalized groups to change the unjust legal policies and procedures and social structures in the United States. There are strong similarities between hip-hop and CRT. In this Olio, we will examine the similarities of hip-hop and Critical Race Theory along with its' theorists of the past and present such as Derrick Bell and Mari Matsuda. In addition, we will look at the discography of Meek Mill and his experiential knowledge to answer the question, is Meek Mill a Critical Race Theorist?