Common Believes Love Is The Key To Combating Racism

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Rapper Common stopped by The Daily Show last week to promote his new movie, Run All Night. Considering host Jon Stewart’s open support of justice for Michael Brown and his liberal segments on racial relations, it’s not surprising that the two began discussing race and the best way to combat it.

Common offered a peaceful view of the current tensions in America.

“Hey, we all know there’s been some bad history in our country. We know that racism exists. I’m extending a hand like, ‘Hey, we want to get past this. We’ve been bullied, we’ve been beat down, but we don’t want it anymore,’” Common said, as transcribed by “We’re not extending a fist. We’re not saying, ‘you did us wrong!’ It’s more like, ‘Hey, I’m extending my hand in love. Let’s forget about the past as much as we can, and let’s move from where we are now. How can we help each other? Can you try to help us, because we’re going to help ourselves.’”

When it comes to high profile celebrities, this view strikes me as rare nowadays–probably because if it ever does arise, it’s not met in the most positive manner from the public. Promoting “peace and love” is often seen as being weak or passive.

On the contrary. I believe it takes more strength to forgive and rise above than it does to draw blood borne from bitterness and anger. This can be done while acknowledging the wrongs done throughout history and that still continue today, albeit in a different capacity.

Common and John Legend won Best Original Song at the 87th Annual Academy Awards last month for their collaboration, “Glory,” featured in Selma, the acclaimed film about the historic march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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