“A right to sing” paper - Skyler Pittman Professor...

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Skyler Pittman Professor Bazinet Bard Early College The First Amendment states "Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press . . ." Music is one the most popular ways of expression. It tells a story and sometimes it addresses the many issues of the world. Music is so influential that many believe that it has a negative effect on society and it should be censored. Rap is a form of art. In “Music and Censorship” by Lombardi he uses a quote by Picasso that states “ All art is a lie that helps us to see the truth better.” Lombardi is arguing that music is trying to reveal something about reality. He then says later on in his article “Throughout the history of music, would be censors have primarily targeted controversial lyrics as a problem but there have been efforts to blame the actual music for causing society’s ill.” One example of a lyric from a song that many people view as a problem is in a rapper known as Lil Wayne song, “ Karate Chop”. In his song he says , “ Beat that pussy up like Emmett Till”. Emmett Till was a 14
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