Ok so lets make this discussion interesting. I would like to open with a simple question on race with, do you think other races should be allowed to join in on an activity that is clearly dominated by a primary culture? This question hasn't only come up in this chapter, but many times in my life. For example, I was once in a dance class where a white teacher taught African dance lessons and she asked the class if white people or other races should be allowed to demonstrate traditional African dances, if they would have the same meaning? One girl who was black, raised her hand and began an uproar of how traditional African dances should only be taught by people that were in the culture.. Of course the teacher didn't appreciate that, however that is just my point... This question gets brought up a lot and is quite debatable by many people, including the people in chapter 12.
A short summary of this chapter would be centered around this idea. It also centers around the question of does rap bring races together or apart? Billy Wimsatt is a white guy that has found peace in comparing his life constantly with rap music and the culture of being black. As he gets older though, it gets harder to make a living or be involved in being a social chameleon of being black. The fact that younger white people act this way and are the majority of the rapper's product, angers Elliott Wilson, a black man. Although he went to a "white school" growing up, he became very interested and felt acceptance in the rap world. Wimsatt stated that he felt rap brought different races together, however, Wilson stated that rap was no longer an equalizer because white kids would idolize rappers and then grow up... Wimsatt gives speeches at colleges about race and Wilson is an editor for XXL magazine and is part of Ego Trip. Both people are quite opposites in where they stand in this debate.