Essay Racial Oppression And Structural Racism

1589 Words Dec 12th, 2016 7 Pages
The United States has many influential artists that like to speak about racial oppression and structural racism. The following artists have contributed to the message. The artists are J. Cole, Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Kendrick Lamar. These artists have spoken to the African American communities through the means of music. Music is a very powerful tool to inspire change in the United States. These artists are considered to be some of the greatest rappers in modern day music. In the following songs listed these artists talk about issues that the black communities face in America. The issues consist of deep lyrics about structural racism and racial oppression.
1. Murder to Excellence Jay-Z, Kanye West: Watch The Throne August 8, 2011.
Murder to excellence is a very lyrical song that talks about the violence that plagues the African American communities in Chicago. In the song Jay-Z states “This is to the memory of Danroy Henry, too much enemy fire to catch a friendly. Strays from the same shade nigga, we on the same team. Giving you respect, I expect the same thing.”. In this line Jay-Z mentions Danroy Henry, he was a male African American male that was murdered in a police shooting in 2010. Jay-Z also mentions that his people are often seen as strays. This line can be implied as him noticing that the government sees his people as inferior like they always have throughout the course of history. The mention of “strays from the same shade” implies that all black people are…

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