Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Music industry's responses to today's injustices

With issues like equality, stereotypes, racism, and gay rights in the news, some artists have used music to take a stance and share their views. Two recent songs have been "Accidental Racist" by Brad Paisley and LL Cool J, and "Same Love" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, both of which have generated much conversation around racism and gay rights, respectively. Though responses have been mixed, many applaud the artists for furthering dialog around these issues.

Below are links to recordings of both songs as well as the lyrics and the artists speaking about them - what are your reactions to the songs? How do they make you feel? Do they change your opinion?

"Accidental Racist"
Read the lyrics HERE


"Same Love"
Read the lyrics HERE

We hope you will use the "Comment" section below to share your reactions and thoughts. Let's continue these conversations! 

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