In America’s society, equality has always been a reoccurring issue. All the way from early slavery and the Holocaust to discrimination toward African Americans, females, and now same-sex marriages. As much as our world focuses on becoming equal, each culture deals with it’s own differences. In Michael Jackson’s song, “Black or White” compared with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ song, “Same Love,” they each approach the same topic encompassing equality. Songs from completely two different generations but each song is concentrating on the important issues of their time, racial discrimination and same-sex relationships. Both of the artists have the same dreams on fairness and each song is just the start of how people started to change their views on these equality differences.
Music plays a strong, influential role in our society. Its popularity is the easiest way to get to people. Music’s popularity gives a wide variety of viewers and can transform people’s intake on music. Ever since the early 1800’s, music has gathered people together and has brought attention to social issues under the surface. With these two songs, they brought up huge controversial issues in society. Equality, being one of many popular topics artists write about, is the focus in both songs even with the spacing of when either one was produced.
Equality in America is a topic that is difficult to take in. Since the late 1700’s, “free people” just simply meant white men. From this point, it progressed to qualifying white women under that category of a “free person.” America strives for equality ever since the Constitution was signed. As periods in America’s generations advanced, we began to come closer to more equal rights for each United States citizen. All the way from the later 1900’s till now, we have always had the reoccurring issue of racial discrimination and now, same-sex marriages. This is where the comparison of these two songs comes into play with social events of the time. Times may have changed but two very similar equality discriminations are still prevalent. Michael introduces the inequality between blacks and whites where as Macklemore and Lewis introduce a more recent inequality argument with same-sex marriages.
Michael Jackson was a prominent role model of the 1980’s and 90’s. His songs influenced and left an impact on people in a way that no artist has every done before. He not only left his impact on music, but also left his impact on society. He is known as “The King Of Pop” due to many of his billboard topping songs and his talented singing voice and dance moves that no one could replicate. He started at a young age, beginning his singing career at the age of 5 years old. Here he joined his brothers and made The Jackson 5. By his teenage years he began to stand out and started his own solo career as an artist. One of Michael’s biggest problems he had to face was a horrible skin condition called Vitiligo. It is a chronic skin condition that causes loss of...