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English Essay 2 Where is the Love

English Essay 2 Where is the Love - Essay#2 Jackie Gragnola...

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Essay #2 Jackie Gragnola English 134, Fotinakes Lack of Love Nobody is perfect, and everybody passes judgment whether they intend to or not. We live in a society where we are taught to be accepting of everybody, but constant unquestioned love is rarely the case. The Black Eyed Peas, a popular American Hip-hop group, released their first hit single, “Where is the Love?” in 2003 as a testimonial to the way Americans were hurting themselves through discrimination, greed, and violence. “Where is the Love” is an inspirational declaration of the truth that describes the way our nation does not act upon our desire to love our neighbor, but rather creates inner circles that discriminate against one another. It also portrays the way we get caught up in the blemish of self-indulgence. This song encourages us to change our ways and expand our boundaries to accept each individual for who they are. The Black Eyed Peas regard discrimination as one of the major flaws of American society. They state that, “ if you only have love for your own race/ Then you only leave space to  discriminate/ And to discriminate only generates hate/ And when you hate, then you’re bound to get irate.”  The group sites two famous gangs, the Bloods and the Crips, and the Ku Klux Klan, as examples of this  expressed hatred.  The Bloods and the Crips often engage in violent gang warfare for no reason more  than a mutual hatred for each other.  The KKK also proclaims and acts upon unexplained hostility. 
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