Colorlines Talks To Macklemore About White Privilege II

In this video, ColorlinesJay Smooth talks with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Hollis Wong-Wear, Jamila Woods and Dustin Washington about the song “White Privilege II“.

Although Colorlines expressed some legitimate hesitancy about how the interview would go, and how the attention given to the discussion might impact how their supporters might perceive them, they encourage you to check out the video, listen to the song, and go from there.

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From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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5 Responses

  1. dakrólak says:

    If you have a chance to see his performance of this song on Late Show last night, you will not be disappointed (I’d hope) especially in Nikkita Oliver who joined him wearing a Reparations T-shirt & reciting part of her poem “Black Lives Matter”

  2. dakrólak says:

    Really good interview! Incredible in fact, not for what Mackelmore said, but for the other voices at the table that clearly helped this become a more encompassing vision, he spoke to specific aspects which were appreciated. I’ll admit being embarrassed that I’d not watched it before, because my love for Jay Smooth evaporated years ago, despite having been a very ardent fan for years & almost a decade now, the fact that he was hosting it really put me off watching it. Luckily he acts as moderator pretty much. Again, thanks for posting here…as that really moved me to watch it!

  3. dakrólak says:

    Agreed. I think the performance last night, the symbolism, etc…worked really well. Just followed the other guy (whose name is escaping me at this late hour) on Twitter, he has a great website & a place on (I think)… really great work, and as powerful as Nikkita’s!

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