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Croft Institute for International Studies
This paper explores the racialization of French Muslim hip-hop community in the context of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, and the extent to which French rap artists were limited in their ability to criticize the French government and secularist France in the months following the massacre. This was accomplished by performing content analyses of the remarks of popular French Muslim rap artists on the Charlie Hebdo Massacre and articles from popular, accessible online French news publications covering the remarks of both French Muslim and non-Muslim rap artists. After a careful analysis of the rappers' remarks and the media coverage of those remarks, I determined that there was in fact an active racialization of Muslim members of the hip-hop community in the media, and that the rap artists in question felt constrained in their freedom of expression and their ability to criticize popular French culture following the massacre.
Schoenbachler, Adam, "Spitting Fire en Français: The Racialization of French Hip-Hop Artists in the Media and their Responses After the Charlie Hebdo Attack" (2017). Honors Theses. 9.