Dylan vs Wayne

We recently discussed the story of Emmett Till, a fourteen year old African American boy who was brutally murdered in Mississippi in the 1950s.  After listening to Bob Dylan’s ballad, “The Death of Emmett Till”, which was written in the 1960s, I got a good sense of the sympathy and anguish people during that time would have felt.   Dylan writes the song to express to the public that these events cannot go unnoticed and that these malicious acts should never be forgotten.  LiL Wayne came out with a song titled “Karate Chop”, in which he references Till by saying “Beat the pussy up like Emmett Till”.  This lyric caused a lot of controversy, as it should.  The rapper’s label took down the song and formally apologized to Till’s family.  Wayne has yet to apologize to the family, and I question how naïve and ignorant people can be today.  It is irresponsible to write that sort of a lyric, especially when you weren’t living through that point in time.  Dylan, a white man, was singing a song of how wrong this vicious act was, while Wayne was attempting to use the situation in an even more derogatory way.   In today’s world it is imperative that we remember the past, as to not disrespect it in the future.

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