GRAMMY-nominated G.O.O.D. Music artist CyHi The Prynce has never strayed from tackling racial issues in his music — his last release BHP2: NAACP was a brilliant project based on Black empowerment and cultural alignment — so it’s fair to say the Georgia-raised emcee has given a fair amount of thought to the root causes of some of our nation’s ugly racial dealings.
In a recent interview with DJ Smallz, CyHi was asked what one thing he would change about the U.S. if he were elected president. CyHi quickly decided on not having, “predominantly anything schools,” meaning schools where the student body is mostly comprised of a single race or culture.
Every kid should be able to go to school together. A lot of times, we have certain racial issues in our community because kids ain't growing up together. We don't know enough about their culture, they don't know enough about our culture, to be able to understand who each other really are. If you been growing up with Muslim kids all your life, you wouldn't look at them differently when you see them out in public or however...because you understand them more…If you understand each other and how each other work, you can gain a lot of information from one another, so I would like to integrate all schools.
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Social interaction is one of the most potent and efficient means of breaking down cultural and racial barriers, a means that is made even more potent and effective when instituted during the formative years of childhood.
Of course, CyHi isn’t suggesting that a complete integration of all schools would solve systemic racism — there is still the very large matter of nationwide systemic racism at hand — but his suggestion is a great start.
If CyHi were running in the 2016 election, he might just have my vote.
By Brent Bradley. Follow him on Twitter.
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