write a short essay (400-500 words) with your response to Albert GoldmanÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s 1969 editorial ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWhy Do Whites Sing Black?ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â. Also attached are two articles that critique the Goldman article (written by the Black Students Alliance and by Mike Daley).
You may address any (or none) of the following questions in your response:
Which of GoldmanÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s points do you agree with? How are White Blues players carrying on an American tradition?
What markers of authenticity does Goldman mention to reinforce his assertions about Joplin and Butterfield?
Which of the Black Student AllianceÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s do you agree with? Is Goldman ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œstupidÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â or ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œludicrousÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â in some of his assertions?
Which of Mike DaleyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s points do you agree with? Does the idea of ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWhite BluesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â carry political connotations about dominant culture and ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œOthernessÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â?
Finally: Is White Blues a form of 20th century ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œminstrelsyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œ? Why or why not?
Audio of the artists that Goldman discusses (Janis Joplin and Paul Butterfield) can be found