As a fourth year college student, I know the diversity of classes offered in colleges. I also understand that with the rigorous course that we do take to meet our major and educational requirements, sometimes we need classes that wont give us added stress. But in my personal opinion I don’t feel that Jay- Z has really contributed anything so amazing to our society that we really need to learn about him. When I think of him the first thing that comes to my mind is not a discussion of race or ethnicity nor social economic problems. The first thing that crosses my mind is rapper and music.
This article tells about a professor at Georgetown University that has a whole class dedicated to Jay-Z and his book. Professor Micheal Eric Dyson claims that his class touches base with the main ideas of sociology such as racial and gender identity, sexuality, capitalism and economic inequality all while focusing on Jay-Z or Shawn Carter. Micheal says that, “It just happens to have an interesting object of engagement in Jay-Z – and what better way to meet people where they are?” Dyson said. “It’s like Jesus talking to the woman at the well. You ask for a drink of water, then you get into some theological discussions.” I do agree with Micheal a class about Jay-Z is entertaining and does engage students attention to make it easier for them to become more interested in sociology. It also helps them to relate to more topics in sociology.
But in college we are there to learn things that we will use later on in life. I just don’t agree that Jay-Z is an icon American excellence as Professor Micheal said he is. He is a great rapper and a successful business man but the life he’s lead and the book he has written does not make him anymore important that any of the other artists out there. I feel that we have more affluent African Americans out there that has done more for society and will leave a mark that will benefit others than just himself when they are gone. Why not learn about these people? To me Jay-Z will just always be a great rapper but they only class that he should be studied in in school is music. He may be African- American had gone through struggles and risen to the top but this in my personal opinion doesn’t affect our society much less the world as a whole. Maybe just that it makes us a little more poorer because we shell out money for his music. concerts, clothes and now apparently a class to learn about him when we could have just goggled him.