Does music have the potential to ease conflict in our nation? As many of us are aware, in recent months, the Black Lives Matter movement has taken over mainstream media. While the movement is working toward specific goals to better the lives of African Americans in America against police brutality, the movement is having a negative affect on our communities. The media coverage has made the movement stronger, but in a negative fashion. Between shootings, protests, and riots, many Americans believe our nation is headed into another civil war and do not feel safe.
Races are turning against each other, and there is even an opposing movement called All Lives Matter. The more the media continues their coverage, the more violent events appeaer to occur. You may be wondering if there is a way to keep protests peaceful and American citizens from turning on each other and our law enforcement.
Music is a healthy response to recent events and it gets the Black Lives Matter movement the right kind of attention. If you recall my first post on this blog, I discussed how music alone is able to ask people to put their differences aside and listen to its message as one. Many different messages can be heard via music, all it takes is the right song to emphasize a positive emotional response.
Classical music was recently introduced to the Black Lives Matter movement for the first time, something many of us may not have expected. The reason? The musicians did not want anyone feeling isolated after recent events. While they “still tend to avoid confronting contemporary racial tensions,” the group seeks to ease this controversial time. While they are not political, they do believe Black Lives Matter should be bipartisan, meaning that while there may be opposing arguments, cooperation should be practiced – not violence. The music is celebrated, people can mourn about recent events, connect emotionally, and eventually plan for a better future together through the movement.
Before the classical music community began supporting the movement’s followers, it had mostly been members of the rap, folk, and pop musician communities. Musicians such as A$AP Rocky who is largely influential in the music community continues to support the All Lives Matter movement as he is against the discrimination and violence the Black Lives Matter movement brings. Those whom are educating themselves on recent events, especially musicians in the public eye, understand that something needs to be done to reunite our communities. How? By bring American citizens together through music.
I ask you to pay attention to this movement and what artists are doing to help resolve current issues. Listen to The Dream Unfinished. Follow their story. Support them. Support musicians trying to make a difference and reunite our nation.