Holy shit this video is amazing. Amandla Stenberg, the 16-year-old ‘Hunger Games’ actress (and I highlight her age because she has a better grasp of race issues than majority of people twice her age) eloquently explains how pop culture has appropriated elements of black culture (eg cornrows, braids, grills, twerking) and the issue that many of the white artists who have adopted elements of black culture have “failed to speak on the racism that comes along with black identity”, especially in light of the current protests in the US for police brutality against black people.
“Hip hop stems from black struggle, from jazz and blues, styles of music that were created to retain humanity in the face of adversity.”
“What would America be like if it loved black people as much as it loves black culture?”
Originally sourced from BuzzFeed News.