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Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

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    Creative Destruction

    The potency of art and activism when used together cannot be denied. From the Labor Movement chants and posters, to Civil Rights Anthems, creative expression and social justice have worked hand in hand to push humanity forward. Today, most of the music we’re given by mainstream media seems to have no interest in the variety of social justice struggles currently taking place. Young Thug exemplified this perfectly when asked about the situation in Ferguson months ago, responding, “Leave that with the critics and laws…we havin’ fun, we iced out, we havin’ money.” 
    These comments give a clear indication of what his music sounds like. This is a far cry from Harry Belafonte’s uncompromising support for the movements of his time, and the plethora of music being created to encourage change and empower people. But not all artists of today create music so devoid of social commentary. Kendrick Lamar’s recent single “Blacker the Berry” tackles the issues of police brutality and racial discrimination head on. 
    Although Kendrick was recently criticized for saying, “When we don’t have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us?” when asked about Ferguson, “Blacker The Berry” also articulates this perspective in a more detailed way. Regardless, voicing an opinion isn’t the same as taking to the streets, organizing, or funding protests, but it’s unfortunately more than we usually see from individuals making music in the mainstream today. 
    Local rapper, composer, and songwriter, Kev Choice, has made a commitment not only releasing socially conscious music, with his new album Love and Revolution, but also making a difference in the community on the ground level by volunteering his time at schools in the Bay Area to give youth the tools to express through music as well.
    Perhaps more artists will consider whether they want to talk about it, be about it, or both, because choosing neither is currently too common.


    Robbie Carter is a former tower Laney Student. Email him at rcarter699(at)gmail.com

    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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