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The tension was always there, you just weren't listening

Please reach out if you took this photo "And we hate po-po.  Wanna kill us dead in the street for sure," - Kendrick Lamar, 2015 Since George Floyd Was murdered in Minneapolis by police officers, there has been a lot of discussion about race relations in the United States. There has been a lot of great discussion between people but there has also been a lot of arguing and clashing to a stand still- a mixed bag. Surprisingly enough, so are the avid white listeners have also been acting surprised an appalled at these riots. Like these protests and riots have come out of no where, like they just decided one day they were going to destroy their community.  This is simply not true. Rappers like Kendrick Lamar, YG and Jay-Z have been talking about a systemic bias against people of color since the invention of hip-hop. People just weren't listening or at the very least have been brushing them off as thuggish lyrics railing against our protectors.    We've known about these

White fans of hip-hop: don't change the song, listen and adapt

Photo by John Kuntz I'm white. For almost the entirety of my life, I've been able to enjoy a lot of things in life because of that fact. I've been allowed to listen to loud music in my car with the windows rolled down. I've been able to buy and sell cigarettes, I've even been able to run around my neighborhood with my brothers while holding airsoft guns without being afraid of being murdered by police because of a misunderstanding. For most of my life, I've also been a hip-hop fan. The first two rappers I ever fell in love with were Kanye West and Biggie Smalls. For me, it was the smooth rhythm of their flow that commanded my admiration as the beats they rapped over that drew me in. I could still hear "Jesus Walks," playing in my iPod as I walked to my next class in high school. Getting choked by detectives yeah, yeah, now check the method They be asking us questions, harass, and arrest us Saying &quo