By Xavier Ramey
When we, Black Americans, say we have fundamentally and undeniably shaped American culture and economics, this is PART of what we mean. So much of America, as a Black people, is felt in how we’ve shaped our lives and opportunities despite of not because of, AMERICA.
It is felt everywhere…
- In how my community resists, yet persists.
- In how we overcame how we came over.
- In how we dance with joy though we are never paid equitably for the songs we make that speak from our pain or joy.
- In the fundamental lack of integrity, honesty, and clear-eyed acknowledgement of the value we are to the world and all those within the United States.
From a White House built by enslaved Black hands, to songs billions of people shared their first kiss, or last embrace, to…we are the architects and archetypes of resilient blessings, manifesting despite the agony of oppression. We are more than our stories, and greater than the writers of history would ever give us credit for. Our true impact, as descendants of enslaved Africans, will be known in our poems and our parables, through our soliloquies and our silhouettes, by words and their warmth, and because of our unstoppable excellence. Our legacy is everywhere, simmering and sizzling in the sun, refracting and reflecting everything we are in such a way that we will now inform everything that comes.
We are the backbone of musicology in America.
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— in Chicago, Illinois.