Could Hip-Hop Stop Racism?
“[Hip-hop] has changed America immensely. Hip-hop has done more than any leader, politician, or anyone to improve race relations,” stated rapper/businessman Jay-Z to Best Life magazine in the April 2009 issue. It seems that not just Jay-Z, an American, believes hip-hop can stop racism, but even across seas it’s catching on.
A dance club by the name of Element organized a hip-hop dance competition in Slovakia of Central Europe to combat racism as well.
Jay-Z believes that being that racism is taught in the home, hip-hop can be a strong prevention if the kid or teenager is a hip-hop fan of someone such as himself or “Snoop Dogg” in Jay-Z’s own words.
“Racism is taught in the home. We agree on that? Well, it’s very hard to teach racism to a teenager who’s listening to rap music and who idolizes, say, Snoop Dogg,” Jay-Z adds.
Jay-Z goes on to state, “It’s hard to say, ‘That guy is less than you.’ The kid is like, ‘I like that guy, he’s cool. How is he less than me?’ That’s why this generation is the least racist generation ever. You see it all the time. Go to any club. People are intermingling, hanging out, having fun, enjoying the same music.”
Club Element knows this and is putting it to good use.