Graffiti, hip hop shed light on social injustices in ISU course

Friday, October 16, 2020 - 13:45

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — An Indiana State University professor is using hip hop and graffiti to teach his students a valuable lesson on social justice.

A project focusing on chaos and community was revealed on Monday. This project highlights social injustices.

Assistant professor Adeyemi Doss teaches the Hip Hop and Social Justice class at ISU.

For this project, Doss split his students into two groups — chaos and community.

When Doss found a blank canvas on campus, he had each group take a half and paint their representation of either chaos or community depending on their group.

Doss’ goal is for his students to understand that this project goes deeper than painting a garage door on campus.

“When we think about graffiti and hip hop,” Doss said. “Hip hop comes out of that chaos. Hip hop was part of that youth fighting back against poverty, high racial poverty, structural violence that they saw in their communities and being able to put their mark on the world.”

Doss also said that there are talks of moving the art to somewhere more prominent on the ISU campus.

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