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Kendrick Lamar’s Inspiring Grammy Performance


OUT OF EVERYTHING THAT
WENT DOWN, KENDRICK LAMAR’S PERFORMANCE IS PROBABLY THE MOST
NOTABLE BECAUSE OF THE POLITICAL MESSAGE IT INCLUDED. KENDRICK
LAMAR MAKES HIS MUSIC TO SHARE HIS PERSPECTIVE AND HIS STRUGGLES IN LIFE. DURING THE
PERFORMANCE HE BROUGHT UP AN ISSUE OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY
FEELING ANGRY WHEN ONE OF THEIR OWN IS SHOT AND KILLED WHEN THEY
ARE UNARMED, BUT AT THE SAME TIME ENGAGING IN THE TYPE OF
VIOLENCE THAT PEOPLE USE AGAINST THEM IN THE MEDIA. LET ME GIVE
YOU MORE DETAILS ON THAT.>>WOW.>>I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR
KENDRICK LAMAR. I KNOW THAT PEOPLE THAT DON’T NORMALLY
LISTEN TO RAP- THERE IS A STEREOTYPE THAT IT’S ALL ABOUT
HOES AND DRUGS. KENDRICK LAMAR TELLS A STORY, HE TELLS THE
STORY OF HIS LIFE. A GIVES YOU A PERSPECTIVE OF WHAT HE WENT THROUGH. HE TALKS ABOUT HIS LIFE
IN COMPTON AND MOVING UP OUT OF A VERY DIRE SITUATION. IT’S
IMPORTANT TO SHARE STORIES LIKE THAT BECAUSE AS I SAID BEFORE,
IT UNITES US. HIS MUSIC IS REALLY TOUCHING AND INCREDIBLE. I LOVE THAT HE GOT TO PERFORM
AT THE GRAMMYS LIKE THIS.>>A LOT OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE
RIGHT-WING SHOULD LOVE THAT FIRST QUOTE. DON’T MOURN TRAYVON
MARTIN IF YOU’RE GOING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SAME VIOLENCE THAT TOOK HIS LIFE. YOU
CERTAINLY DO HAVE BLACK PEOPLE BEING VIOLENT.
HEY, WE ALL HAVE TO GET BETTER. YOU SHOULD LOVE THAT.>>ABSOLUTELY.
ACCORDING TO THE ATLANTIC.>>THAT IS THE
PART THAT
THE
RIGHT WING IS SO UPSET AT. I DON’T UNDERSTAND THEM. HOW CAN
THEY NOT EMPATHIZE WITH SOMEONE LOSING, LIKE TRAYVON MARTIN’S
PARENTS, LOSING THEIR SON WHO TURNS OUT WAS NOT ARMED. HE HAD
GONE FOR SKITTLES AND ICED TEA. THAT IS A FACT. AND THEY THINK
HE IS A THUG AND ATTACKED THE GUY WITH A GUN. THE KID DIED. IN
THE BEGINNING, EVERYONE AGREES ñ HOW CAN YOU NOT FEEL SOME SYMPATHY FOR THIS
17-YEAR-OLD KID.>>EVERY STORY WE HAVE COVERED
WHERE AN UNARMED PERSON HAS BEEN SHOT OR KILLED, THE THING THAT FRUSTRATES ME SO MUCH IS AFTER
SUPREME COURT JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA PASSED AWAY, OF COURSE
SOME PEOPLE, INCLUDING US, HAD SOME NEGATIVE THINGS TO SAY
BECAUSE HE WAS A DEPLORABLE PERSON. THE RIGHT-WING WAS ANGRY
AT THAT. DO NOT SPEAK ILL OF THE DEAD. WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENED
TO TRAYVON MARTIN AFTER HE WAS GUNNED DOWN BY GEORGE ZIMMERMAN?
ALL THEY DID WAS TALK ILL OF THE DEAD OR TALK ABOUT HIS DRUG USE.
WHO CARES. YOU KNOW WHO USES MARIJUANA? ALMOST EVERYONE IN THE
UNITED STATES.>>GO ASK YOUR WHITE TEENAGERS
IF THEY ARE USING MARIJUANA? OR BETTER YET, TEST THEM.>>THOSE PEOPLE DO NOT SEE
BLACK TEENAGERS LIKE TRAYVON MARTIN AS PEOPLE.>>I THINK THAT IS WHAT IT IS.
WHEN YOU REVERSE IT MAKES NO SENSE. THERE IS A WHITE GUY IN
MIAMI THAT GOT SHOT BY COPS. HE WAS AN IDIOT AND WAS GOING TO
ROB A BANK. HE WENT AND GOT COFFEE IN BETWEEN ROBBING A
BANK. WHEN THE COPS KILLED HIM EVEN THOUGH HE WAS A BANK ROBBER, I FELT BAD FOR HIM
BECAUSE HE HAD A BLADE THAT ACTUALLY HAD NO BLADE IN IT. HE DIDN’T NEED TO DIE. I GUESS IF
THE SHOE WAS ON THE OTHER FOOT THEY WOULD EXPECT US TO THINK HE
IS WHITE SO WE’LL CARE ABOUT HIM. NO, WE CARE ABOUT HIM BECAUSE HE IS A HUMAN BEING. I
DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN SOMEONE IS BLACK YOU LOSE ALL COMPASSION. THAT IS BECAUSE I
CAN’T UNDERSTAND RACISM. IT DOESN’T COMPUTE FOR ME. IF KENDRICK WAS VERY POPULAR AND IS
CHALLENGING THAT THROUGH HIS MUSIC, THAT IS AWESOME.>>ABSOLUTELY.>>BREAK DOWN THOSE BARRIERS. AND
THEN IT’S A SAD DAY FOR THE OLDER RIGHT-WINGERS WHO THEN
WAKE UP ONE DAY IN SAY THEIR KIDS ARE NOT RACIST.

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