Oprah on Jay Z-Belafonte Beef: ‘There Are Multiple Ways to Protest’
Oprah recently weighed in on the recent dust-up between Jay Z and Harry Belafonte.
After Jay was criticized by Belafonte for not being more politically engaged, Jay Z responded with lyrics that many found very disrespectful:
I’m just trying to find common ground/’fore Mr. Belafonte come and chop a n*gga down/Mr. Day O, major fail/Respect these youngins boy, it’s my time now.
According to Oprah, a generational gap is at the heart of their disagreement, but both of them are protesting in their own way.
“This is what Harry Belafonte, my generation, everyone needs to know, and what this film says: People war in different ways. There are multiple ways to protest. Jay uses his music, he uses his life, he uses his artfulness, his ability as a business man, that is his protest against all the indignities that, not only he has suffered, but generations before him have suffered. Harry Belafonte’s might have been going to Congress or marching. Not everyone has the same way, that’s why this movie is so powerful because the father’s way was not the son’s way.
Which way is right? Both are right.”
Does Oprah have a point?
Are they both protesting “in their own way”?
What can we do to build cross-generational understanding in our community?
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