Thursday, September 7, 2017
Is Hip Hop Bridging the Racial Divide?
On the elevator ride to my office this morning, there was a millennial on his way to work listening to a very loud song on his headphones (he had removed them when he got on). I said "Who are you listening to?" He replied, "That would be "Young Thug.""
He smiled, departed the elevator and wished me a good day as he headed to his job at Merrill Lynch.
Times have really changed. Or have they?
I mean it's nice that music is universal, knows no colors, etc. But I can't help but believe that this young man is enjoying "code switching" of a different nature. He can listen to all the rap he wants as long as he checks it at the door.
We are used to living in two worlds, however, I just wonder what the "suits and ties" would think if they knew what he was doing before he logged onto his computer?
I will believe things have truly changed when I see a young Black man on the elevator going to his job at Merrill Lynch.
I ride the same elevator every day and I can't count that I've seen even one.
at 5:53 PM