“I Wasn’t Listening”: How Protests And Hip Hop Are Sparking A New Race Dialogue Across Generations

"I Wasn't Listening": How Protests And Hip Hop Are Sparking A New Race Dialogue Across Generations 1


MSNBC anchor Ari Melber quotes MSNBC viewers of all ages to explore how views and conversations are shifting about race, civil rights and hip hop. Melber quotes one mother who wrote into The Beat to relay how after watching the show's special report about Black artists and rappers confronting police brutality, she said, “Now I get it, I wasn’t listening to those rappers back then, but I understand now.” (This interview is from MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber, a news show covering politics, law and culture airing nightly at 6pm ET on MSNBC. ).Aired on 7/07/2020.
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"I Wasn't Listening": How Protests And Hip Hop Are Sparking A New Race Dialogue Across Generations

41 Comments on "“I Wasn’t Listening”: How Protests And Hip Hop Are Sparking A New Race Dialogue Across Generations"

  1. Artists are the prophets of our generation.

    • NONVISI: “When the power of love is stronger than the love of power, there will be peace”. Jimi Hendrix

    • YouRuse is A leftist org | July 7, 2020 at 8:32 PM | Reply

      Only gospel singers really, if you think about it

    • Mark of Excellence | July 7, 2020 at 8:33 PM | Reply

      Not sure it qualifies as prophecy.

    • @YouRuse is A leftist org: Not in America. Gospel has fetishised itself, using electronic instruments and putting out product. Evangelical rock has standardized itself with recording values and non-psychedelic electric guitars.

    • GAY LIVES MATTER !!! | July 7, 2020 at 9:08 PM | Reply

      @YouRuse is A leftist org singing about fairytales is hardly prophetic

  2. Vote putin and his first lady out of the white house.

  3. As an old Hippy from the ‘60’s=====ive been listening for a long long long time. Detroiter myself and i remember the Algeria’s Motel and the carnage and the soldiers in my backyard. Im not of color but i understand oppression, suppression, repression, and depression ==== Lived it

  4. GAY LIVES MATTER !!! | July 7, 2020 at 8:20 PM | Reply

    This is why Tupac was murdered, for telling the truth and having people listen.

  5. Demetrius Green | July 7, 2020 at 8:20 PM | Reply

    There were so many hip hop songs made about police brutality in the 90’s, u don’t really get that from hip hop nowadays anymore and the problem is still just as serious.

    • YouRuse is A leftist org | July 7, 2020 at 8:34 PM | Reply

      Not nearly as prevalent actually but say what you will. FBI crime statistics may disagree with you

    • Anonymous Person | July 7, 2020 at 9:20 PM | Reply

      Yeah, you are dead wrong Demetrius. Also it is always been more a drug war problem than race problem the last 40 years

    • Use write Demetrius – y aren’t black hip hop saviors shining light on are plight? . We needs to replace the national anthem with something more reflective of the current times – like NWAs F the Police. Remember – if use black, it mannatory you vote Biden. And if use white – remember you either support Eminem and Biden or you a racist homophobic Nazi! #BLM!

  6. B For Barber | July 7, 2020 at 8:23 PM | Reply

    Somebody get Terry Crews

  7. Walter Parris | July 7, 2020 at 8:26 PM | Reply


  8. Walter Parris | July 7, 2020 at 8:31 PM | Reply

    Hmmm,, A continuing CONVERGENCE OF IGNORANCE.!

  9. You are exactly right, however it’s like that with poor people in general. Trust me on that one….

  10. Horace Massingill | July 7, 2020 at 8:49 PM | Reply

    I’m from Houston Texas and I’m a 55 year old black man, I’ve had the police strike me on a traffic stop for nothing, been put in jail for asking what did I do, been stopped in my own neighborhood over 100 times because they were just checking, so no it’s not just a rap song it’s the life we live daily, it’s sad but it’s also true, my mother couldn’t sleep until I came home at night, she always said you don’t always have to be in the wrong, some people just get joy out of your pain, Thank GOD for JESUS and moms and dads

  11. HIMFLATOUT PURE | July 7, 2020 at 8:54 PM | Reply

    Real “HIP HOP” ⚡🌎

  12. Mr. Precedent | July 7, 2020 at 8:58 PM | Reply

    Whenever I see a reference to Hip Hop on MSNBC I know when I click it will be Ari Melber.

  13. Maria Costa | July 7, 2020 at 8:59 PM | Reply

    Thank you Ari!!!

  14. hey Ari to quote the fabulous james of brown “I know you got soul cause if you didn’t you wouldn’t speak like that”

  15. Thank you!!!

  16. Any MSNBC reporting on the black gang members who killed black children?

  17. Charles E. Mathew III | July 7, 2020 at 10:06 PM | Reply

    Forgive me for saying “duh”

  18. Love that Ari Melber is an obvious long time hip hop fan

  19. A woman once complained to me that the schools her children were going to were giving too much detail on the civil rites movement.(this was about 2 years ago). She said that they should learn that bad things were done to black people but they didn’t need to teach the children WHAT was done exactly. When I expressed my disgust with her opinions she went on to explain that it was (and I quote) “unfair” to her “as a white woman”, because when she goes out in public little black kids are going to look at her and judge her as being a bad person.

  20. Collin Blake | July 7, 2020 at 10:51 PM | Reply

    You’re awesome Ari; thank you! <3

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