Any topic (writer’s choice)

Response Paper 2 Assignment: Artists and musicians of many varieties have long used creative expression to critique current events, including structural racism, the prison industrial complex, and police violence. Respond to and analyze one or two of the following recent examples in 500-1000 words:


Joey Badass, Land of the Free

Beyonc, Formation (and/or her Super Bowl 50 Performance)

Dave Chappelle, 8:46

Gary Clark Jr., This Land

Fruitvale Station

Get Out

Childish Gambino, This is America

Daye Jack, Hands Up

Joyner Lucas, Im Not Racist

Macklemore, White Privilege II

M.D.C., Mein Trumpf

Lovecraft Country


Nas, Cops Shot the Kid

Run the Jewels, Walking in the Snow

Sorry to Bother You

The Specials, B.L.M.

Steel Pulse, Dont Shoot

The Hate U Give


Watchmen (series)

How do they present their points about racism? How does the artist (or artists) use symbolism, gestures, lyrics, and/or visuals? Do you think this creative expression does an effective job critiquing racism? Is there anything you might change, or a different take on racism you might present? Do you find one of your examples to be more powerful, poignant, or effective than the other(s)? Why?