I was scolded a few years ago by an aging, white, male hippie about the music young people listen to today. Who was our Woodie Guthrie or Bob Dylan or Pete Seeger? I tried to convince him that there was a whole lot of music made after the 70s that protested injustice (hello, riot grrl!), but I didn’t make much progress with him. I wish I’d had this article to send him.
I’m fortunate you believe in a dream
This orphanage we call a ghetto is quite a routine
— Kendrick Lamar
Though I’m not sure it would have made a difference – he didn’t seem to think issues around race, class, and gender were things worth protesting – only war and maybe the stifling nature of suburbia.