Starting Now, There Is No Such Thing as ‘Black Music’

Why should we speak in historical terms when discussing modern music?

But by calling art produced by talented men and women of all races “black” to make a political point, proponents of “black music” are inflicting on others the same ugly nonsense that black creatives have pushed back against for years: The notion that, because of their ethnic heritage, their contributions don’t count as much—if at all.

Cord Jefferson is a regular contributor to The Root. You can reach him here.

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