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Fight The Power

from Inside Hook

25 Songs About Racism That Are Still Sadly Relevant Today

From “Fight the Power” to “Freedom”

BY BONNIE STIERNBERG

Over 30 years later, "Fight the Power" is still relevant.
Over 30 years later, “Fight the Power” is still relevant. DO THE RIGHT THING/UNIVERSAL PICTURES

Black artists have played a vital role in shaping American music for hundreds of years — be it jazz, gospel, blues, hip-hop or the invention of rock ‘n’ roll. (Sadly, like in all other facets of life in this country, those artists were by and large ripped off, taken advantage of and never properly given their due.) But while Black musicians have had to deal with racism from audiences and the industry alike, they haven’t let it impact their artistry. Music can be a balm or a megaphone, and songs have been used to protest racism for decades.

Sadly, as this past week has evidenced, those songs are just as relevant today. The names get swapped out for new ones — “The Death of Emmett Till” has been replaced with lyrical references to Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin, “Birmingham Sunday” and “Mississippi Goddam” swapped out for “Baltimore” — but the deaths and the injustices keep on coming. These songs are, of course, just the top of the iceberg, but in the wake of the death of George Floyd, they’re all essential listens.

[ click to view the list at Inside Hook ]

Posted on June 5, 2020 by Editor

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