There are moments where some people begin to have where their politics and beliefs diverge vastly from those given to them from the environment they grew up in, the institutions around them, what have you.
People are rarely convinced by facts and figures, but rather by the expressions of stories, art, and culture.
A lot of where my consciousness and moral clarity came from when I was a undergrad at UC Davis during the pessimism of the post-9/11 Bush years (remember when we thought that was the worst?), and it was through a lot of music scene there are the time.
Blue Scholars, a hip hop duo out of Seattle whose music explores immigration, racism, challenging authority, socioeconomic displacement, and global conflict helped develop my consciousness. It feels timely again given MC Sabzi’s Iranian and MC Geologic’s Filipino ancestries.
I’ve never stopped loving this hook:
Because I, got your back even if you don't got mine Grind in the dark when the clock strikes hard times We ain't nothing if this bond ain't solidified