Music plays a major role in racism. In the video for the story of OJ that we watched in class on Friday it was interesting to see how Jay-Z used the cartoon characters that looked like the black face cartoons that we saw in cartoons from the 60’s and 70’s. His approach was interesting because he used images that were perceived as racist to explain the prevalence of racism today. I have always known that racism exists, but growing up I was very naïve in thinking that I was not directly impacted because of the environment I was raised in. As I moved forward through high school, I began to realize that racism was real and that it impacted me directly. I gained an interest in attending an HBCU because I had a desire to be in a space with other people that understood me. Once I got to Spelman I began to realize that some of the things that I was experiencing while at home, which I marked as minor issues, were serious forms of racism that I should have spoken up about. I began to realize how greatly racism impacted me. When I think about some of the situations I experienced in high school I get angry because of how unaware I was. I look back now and wish I knew what I know now so that I could have spoken up and defended myself. It really makes me uneasy when I hear about how we are constantly treated as less than. When it comes to fixing racism I definitely believe it involves education. Not everyone is educated enough about this subject. People of color do not always have the full understanding of the impact of racism. I think often times people do not take racism seriously. I believe Donald Trump being elected and cases of police brutality really began to open the eyes of a lot of people of color. In order for things to change it is very important to fully understand what racism is and come together as a community. A lot of people have strong opinions about racism and understand that it is wrong but do not attempt to make a change.