Be a Messenger
Did you know that some people don’t believe that police harassment exists? Read the comments on any major story on the subject, and you’ll find a few people excusing the beatings, shootings, and killings of innocent people by giving the cops the benefit of the doubt. This is happening in the Internet Age, so imagine how ignorant people were in the decades before YouTube, camera phones, etc.
N.W.A.’s most famous song, “Fuck the Police,” was not only their outlet for venting, it also raised awareness of police brutality for many people. It wasn’t the first song to address the subject, but it was — and still is — the most notorious. It was also rapped in the raw, angry, sick-and-tired fashion that is to be expected from victims, rather than the calm, more insightful style of most music from that time.
Speaking of which, N.W.A. was outspoken about the lack of mainstream music that the ghetto could relate to. They wanted balance. They also spoke out against musicians who preach against profanity, drugs, etc. in their songs, but engage in it anyway. They could have done what most people do: complain about the lack of musicians who do what they did, with no intention of filling that gap. They could have complained that not enough people are talking about police brutality, again without providing a solution.
Thanks to the internet, this is the era of independence. It’s easier now than it was back in their day for average people to make their own content. Movies, books, music, video games, every form of media can be made and distributed without the backing of major corporations. Heck, if your content is good enough, those corporations will end up calling you. Courtesy of YouTube and social media, people are literally becoming famous from the comfort of their own homes.
Justin Bieber was discovered on YouTube. Earlier this year, Chance the Rapper, who is not signed to any major record label, won 3 Grammy awards. The highly successful video game, Slender: The Eight Pages, was made by only one person. The first Saw film, which grossed over $100 million worldwide, started as an independent movie.
You think video games don’t have enough strong females? Make them yourself. Do you have a story that needs to be told? Get on Amazon and publish it yourself, or make a blog. You think Hollywood has run out of ideas? Put your ideas in your own movies and post them on YouTube.