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In my opinion, the most important issue facing youth is peace and unity (or lack thereof). This stems from the innability to accept one another's differences. In lecture, Professor Isoke mentioned that she considers Rage Against the Machine hip-hop, and I do too. This is because they have lots of political messages in their songs and they fight for a better world. A lot of their songs refer to US Exceptionalism, the idea that America is far better than any other country, and that killing others is justified in the name of liberty. They challenge this idea and bring up the possibility that perhaps America makes mistakes. For example, in the song "Killing in the Name," there are these lyrics:

Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites

or in the song "Take the Power Back"

So called facts are fraud
They want us to allege and pledge
And bow down to their God
Lost the culture, the culture lost
Spun our minds and through time
Ignorance has taken over
Yo, we gotta take the power back!
Bam! Here's the plan
Motherfuck Uncle Sam
Step back, I know who I am
Raise up your ear, I'll drop the style and clear
It's the beats and the lyrics they fear
The rage is relentless
We need a movement with a quickness
You are the witness of change
And to counteract
We gotta take the power back

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I agree with you on thinking that the most important issue facing youth is peace and unity. I really enjoyed your video choice and I think it complemented your blog really nicely.

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