I love this Bruce Hornsby song and the Malcolm X intro makes the video a classic. With Malcolm asking his audience and I’m paraphrasing here. “Who are you? Where are you from? Your names can’t be Smith or Jones or Johnson or Murphy”. They don’t have names like that where we are from. Our identity was stolen from people who come from a different part of the world. Who look and talk a lot different from we do”.
Then it goes to Bruce Hornsby and Tupac Shakur talking about the American civil rights movement. And the laws that were passed, but then asks the questions how much progress in this country has been made. When it comes to racial equality when we still have a lot of the same problems that we did fifty years ago, but the answer to that is that we’ve made a hell of a of progress in this area. But we still have a lot of work to do. That we haven’t completed our journey on the road to racial quality in America. That this isn’t about bashing a great country, but it is about acknowledging that one of the things that makes us great, is our ability to grow and become even greater.
This video represents to me the best of what can actually happen when you involve pop culture or in Tupac’s case hip hop culture into a subject. Not to try to convince people who serious subjects aren’t serious and do not deserve our attention. But to explain the subjects in a way that a vast audience can understand. Especially for people who do not follow these issues very closely because they do not seem cool to them.