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How can we respond to cultural stereotypes or tropes in music?

Popular culture is full of stereotypes and cultural tropes, which are oversimplified ways of describing or representing someone’s culture. 

Think About

  • What stereotypes or cultural tropes are currently present in our society?
  • Can you spot a stereotype or cultural trope when you witness one?
  • What should you do when you witness a stereotype or cultural trope? 
  • How can I respond to stereotypes and cultural tropes?

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Many movies, cartoons, and songs are full of stereotypes throughout history. 

Check out Fran Waln’s response to stereotypes of indigenous people through his song What Makes the Red Man Red