Thursday, January 22, 2009

Disability and music

Here is a link to a post by that title over at Racialicious. It includes links to two powerful videos that focus on hip-hop artists with disabilities in Zimbabwe and Lebanon. Readers might also find some of the discussion that follows in the comments section interesting. Here is an excerpt:

What would images that view disability as a social construction look like? How can those of us who are educators incorporate discussions of disability into our teaching? Where are resources for us? How can we use popular culture when we teach about disability?

In response to these questions, my small cohort of friends and scholars working within an intersectional framework started to share resources. I’ve spoken with Angel about the song “Blind Mary” by Gnarls Barkley and how there are positive aspects of the song and some problematic areas, yet it is one of the better teaching tools involving music we have to show how disability is a social construction.

The full post is here.