#25 – To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is the next social justice crusader/artist for our little listening project, with many more to come.  As Los Angeles goes under a curfew tonight amid increasing demonstrations and rioting, it’s hard to think about anything else.  The combination of coronavirus quarantine and mass protest across the country are giving white Americans a taste of what it means to be a person of color in this country, and the outrage over the causes seems as potent as it ever has in my lifetime.  The specter of having one’s entire existence placed in jeopardy by unjust outside forces is a terrible feeling to experience, and one that nobody deserves to have.  Unfortunately, it generally takes a direct personal experience to awaken people to a situation like this.  Let’s hope this is enough to mobilize our fellow Americans to come together in earnest to try to create solutions to our truly embarrassing societal failures.  Everyone deserves better, but especially the communities who bear the majority of the resulting suffering.

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