In the United States, sometimes your skin color is evidence enough against you.
This list would be ridiculous if every item didn’t link to a real recent incident.
Me so happy. Me want to cry.
In besting Kendrick Lamar in rap album and best new artist categories, Macklemore’s cliche-filled lesser tracks sparked the deserved ire of virtually every fan of non-pop rap, most of whom rightly argued that Lamar’s “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” marked the arrival of a career artist. Remember when Jethro Tull famously won a heavy metal Grammy? The victory for Macklemore & Lewis’ “The Heist” feels like an equally embarrassing turn.
— RANDALL ROBERTS,
Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
He taught us that we’re still a country that isn’t ready for lower-class Americans from neighborhoods like Compton to succeed. We’re still a country that can’t decipher a person’s character. But most of all, he taught us that no matter what you overcome in your life, we’re still a country that can’t accept someone if they’re a little louder, a little prouder, or a little different from the people we surround ourselves with.