American Pop Culture and Multiculturalism

To what extent has American popular culture achieved “multicultural justice”? Write a 6pg essay that responds to this question by examining two cases of popular culture – hip-hop and the Miss America pageant as shown on national television. In your response, also address how commercialization has impacted the contents of these two examples of popular culture – in particular, has it helped promote or dilute cultural diversity? (Be sure to define your own vision of multicultural justice in thesis) Two of the articles that must be cited are uploaded in the files. The third is: Popular Culture as Oppositional Culture: Rap as Resistance Author(s): Theresa A. Martinez Source: Sociological Perspectives, Vol. 40, No. 2 (1997), pp. 265-286 Published by: Sage Publications, Inc. Stable URL: It is available online The last is: Most Beautiful Girl in the World By Sarah Banet-Weiser. ISBN: 9780520217911 The book explores the many different aspects of the Miss America pageant, including the swimsuit, the interview, and the talent competitions. It also takes a closer look at some extraordinary Miss Americas, such as Bess Myerson, the first Jewish Miss America; Vanessa Williams, the first African American Miss America; and Heather Whitestone, the first Miss America with a disability. Its not required as a citation but gives content

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