“Now that I’m sitting here in front of millions of people, I’d like to address something extremely important to me. I was talking to my friend before the show and he reminded me of a great Martin Luther King quote. He said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ And due to the fact that we are in Florida tonight accepting this award, I want to acknowledge Trayvon Martin and the hundreds and hundreds of kids each year that are dying due to racial profiling and the violence that follows it. This is really happening. These are our friends, our neighbors, our peers, and our fans, and it’s time that we look out for the youth and fight against racism and the laws that protect it.”
I don't like too much of Macklemore's music but I have a ton of respect for him as an artist and as a man. He is never afraid to talk about the pressing issues and he does not just make bullshit music. Every song of his that I have heard, which I admit is very few, has an underlying message. And now we are seeing that he is also not afraid to talk about this stuff when is not in the studio. To take the time out and discuss this stuff when frankly speaking he may never be on that stage again.
This particular caught my attention because I first came up with the idea for the lonehood after the whole Trayvon Martin case. I thought that if people are going to racial profile just because of an article of clothing that somebody is wearing, then why can't we change the way people see that clothing. Why can't we wear a hood with a button down shirt and wear it with a suit and make people think differently about hoods?