Author, filmmaker and professor, M.K. Asante, Jr begins his book, It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop: The Rise of the Post-Hip-Hop Generation, with this moving piece of poetry. He explains that he lives by this quote and I believe that it’s a mantra more people should follow. This statement perfectly sums up why I have chosen to become a Sociology major, focus on International Human Rights, and to pursue a future career on social justice. How can I take classes for four years that point out the injustices and problems of our society without developing a desire to question, challenge and ultimately make a change?
APATHETIC. This is what my professor of Disintegration of Gospel According to Hip Hop class, (hands down, my FAVORITE class this semester–completely obsessed!), Chauncey McGlathery, called my generation. We live without a care, floating by and accepting the world as it is. My generation lives without producing something new or questioning the society as a whole. As he fervently yelled this to our class, I could not help but realize that he was speaking the truth. He has inspired me more than ever to take action, to live out my passions, to become the activist I strive to be. My generation can no longer sit idly by as injustices in race, gender, sexuality, environment, politics, etc etc continue. More than ever, it is the time for us to begin a revolution.. Hm, now where to begin?
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