When asked: Does this song progress or regress young black America??
My response is this:
Upon reading the lyrics several times,(although I don't agree with every single point asserted) Kanye West is making some strong arguments about the malpractices of certain institutions that take unfair advantage of 'young black Americans'. Primarily, the industrial prison complex and their acquisition of Black males at high rates. He also raises some points about young Black America's frustration with American racial bias and corporations exploitation of minorities.It's a very interesting song. One that seems to be very rebellious and a counter-attack to Kanye's perception of modern day enslavement practices by groups and organizations. Do I agree if it's a regression or a progression? One can argue on the behalf of both. However, I think if it provides a platform for healthy dialogue about these issues and other matters than I feel it is a step in the right direction .Just my two cents.