At the end of last month, Macklemore and his righthand man Ryan Lewis dropped the nine-minute track, "White Privilege II," outlining their, well, white privilege. It was a self-critical song, one asking other white people to recognize how their lives differ from others. It also references Miley Cyrus and Iggy Azalea.
It appears that Macklemore isn't all talk: He paid a visit to Flint, Michigan to show support for those suffering through the water crisis and made sure to visit a DIY punk arts space.
"He started talking about how as a major artist, winning awards, selling millions of albums and being white, were his privilege. Like his songs showcase, he’s passionate about human rights and, he feels he can use his privilege to make a difference and uplift others who don’t believe in themselves. It’s the fine line of standing up for something publicly and knowing someone else would be a better candidate, but society never gave them that platform. The scrutiny artists get on the internet from people assuming they are doing things for the wrong reasons usually outweighs the message itself."
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