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MuJz 100x Paper #3 Racial Identification Katie Cathcart I do not believe that the race of a musician can be identified by their performance. I do believe, however, that specific racial groups are more likely to play certain genres and techniques due to cultural influences. To argue that only “such and such” a race is gifted to play “such and such” an instrument, genre or style is, to me, ridiculous. We are all born with special talents and gifts, but these are not determined by race. While the individual themselves may be distinguished as an “one in a million” revolutionary, they are not so because of their heritage, but rather they are a unique and gifted soul; talent is color blind. We have studied several examples in our Jazz History class of people breaking superficial and stereotypical “racial boundaries”. At the beginning of Jazz especially, there existed an extreme racial tension between Whites and Blacks. Understandably so,
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