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In the latest episode of Oprah Winfrey’s Emmy-nominated Master Class series, rapper Jay-Z talked about the role hip hop music had played in weakening racism in the States.
“Racism is taught in the home. I truly believe that racism is taught when you’re young. So it’s very difficult to teach racism when your kid looks up to Snoop Doggy Dogg.”
He believes that hip hop has done more for cultural relations than most cultural icons.
‘’And I say save Martin Luther King because his ‘Dream’ speech we realized and President Obama got elected, but the impact of the music, this music didn’t only influence kids from urban areas; it influenced people around the world. People listen to this music all around the world and took to this music.”
He concludes by saying that nightclubs prove how the civil rights movement was victorious.
“If you look at clubs and how integrated they have become – before people partied in separate clubs, there were hip-hop clubs and techno clubs – and now people party together. Once you have people partying, dancing, singing along to the same music, conversation naturally happen after that, and within conversation we all realize we’re more alike than we’re separate.”
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