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Data Workshop – James Hyman

I chose to talk about the song “Changes” by 2PAC. Racism is defined as, “a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.” Just by reading the lyrics you can pick up on racism and how he feels about being a part of this world. In his song he refers to racism between both whites and blacks. He states he wants to change, but it’s still the same thing over and over again because no one seems willing to put effort forward to make changes in this world so we can all get along. It takes fighting and war on the streets to make people happy these days and that is the only time people feel at peace, when they are killing one another.

Ethnicity is defined as, “a social group that shares a common and distinctive culture, religion, language, or the like.” This song expresses ethnicity by basically stating that white and black people cannot get along without killing each other, but he wanted a change where they could act like brothers and get along with each other. It is so sad in this modern time we are in that people get offended if a white person hangs out with a black person. It should not have to be that way.

Identity is defined as, “the condition of being oneself or itself, and not another.” The identity he shows in this song is that he is poor, living on the edge of poverty, “lookin’ for a purse to snatch,” “Sellin’ crack to the kids” so he can get paid. “Give ’em guns, step back, and watch ’em kill each other. “It’s time to fight back”, that’s what Huey said. 2 shots in the dark now Huey’s dead.” Anyone that tried to make changes get shot and killed. It’s not a world of free speech anymore because if you speak your mind, you have a good risk of getting shot.

Inequality is “the condition of being unequal; lack of equality; disparity.” This song focuses on the inequality we have in this world. A prime example of it in the lyrics is when he states, “Cops give a damn about a negro? Pull the trigger, kill a nigga, he’s a hero.” Sometimes this is very true that the police can tend to target African Americans. It depends on where you live though and what actions you choose to take. Another example, “It ain’t a secret don’t conceal the fact…the penitentiary’s packed, and it’s filled with blacks,” shows that law enforcement targets blacks, and tends to arrest them, but both black and white people are doing the same thing.

“Solidarity is union or fellowship arising from common responsibilities and interests, as between members of a group or between classes, and people.” His point about this song was that we need to make changes and come together to be a coherent society, but it would take effort to make these changes. This has not happened yet.

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/2pac/changes.html

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/racism?s=t

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ethnicity?s=t

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/identity?s=t

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/inequality?s=t

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/solidarity