When ‘Alright’ Became A Positive Chant Of Protest
Kendrick Lamar’s album ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ has changed the course and conversation about the plight of black lives in the United States and ‘Alright’s message of elevation and positivity of spirit has become more potent than ever before.
This week’s students at Cleveland University who gathered at a convention for Black Lives Matter faced yet another shocking incident of police brutality in the U.S. When police officers slammed a 14 year old kid to the ground for allegedly being drunk and then used pepper spray on students who gathered around to protest the unprovoked use of violence.
Shouting a chant ‘We Gon Be Alright’ during the protest, the video has now gone viral as Kendrick’s album is proving a true testament to these times.
For anyone who needs a reminder, Q-Tip took to Twitter earlier this year to remind not only Iggy Azalea but anyone else today who needs reminding that “HipHop is a artistic and socio-political movement/culture that sprang from the disparate ghettos of NY in the early 70’s Coming off the heels of the CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT and approaching the end of the Vietnam war it was a crossroads 4 America specially for blacks in the US our neighborhoods were PROLIFERATED w/a rush of HEROINE.”