Jay Z Shares His Thoughts on Racism on Oprah’s ‘Master Class’ [VIDEO]
With racial tensions even higher in America after the deaths of Eric Garner and Mike Brown, the hip-hop community continues to speak out on racism and discrimination.
Often outlining his sentiments and beliefs through his music, Grammy Award-winning rapper Jay Z opens up on how hip-hop and racism connect and where he believes hate starts.
“Racism is taught in the home,” Jay Z says in the latest episode of Oprah Winfey’s Emmy-nominated ‘Master Class.’ "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."
Hov goes on to reveal how hip-hop has successfully penetrated racial barriers both domestically and abroad.
"I think 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."
The music industry mogul gives an example on his theory regarding the impact hip-hop has on racism referencing the progression of the nightclub.
“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," the Roc Nation head honcho states. "Once you have people partying, dancing, singing along to the same music, conversations naturally happen after that, and within conversations we all realize we're more alike than we're separate."
Watch Jay Z insightful conversation above.
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