Music and Black Youth: Open Discussion

This morning while watching News One Now with Roland Martin, Chuck D (Founder of Public Enemy, Artist/Musician, & Activist) commented on the connection between African Americans and music. He mentioned that taking away music programs in inner city schools is a detriment to Black Youth because Black people are gifted when it comes to musicianship and this limits the ability to pass on music education and the artistry to black youth. From what I understood, he did not directly say that this was a “conspiracy” to take away music from Black people, but it did make me wonder if there may be a hidden agenda behind the removal of important arts programs in public schools, especially those in urban education districts. So I will pose the question for open discussion: Is the removal of music programs in inner-city (or urban) K-12 schools a conspiracy that will have a negative impact on Black Youth?

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  1. I don’t believe it’s a conspiracy, but I do believe that it’s par for course. Those that have the least are affected more than those that have the most. It all comes down the overall belief that a quality education for the poor is not important. I believe that is the philosophy of most Americans today. The struggle of the poor is not the struggle of us all, so whatever happens to them, as long as it doesn’t affect the people who “have”, is of no real importance.

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