Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 6 months, you have probably noticed the incredible and diverse range of events happening in the United States during the highly anticipated year of 2020. The overwhelming amount of frustration, built up emotion, and lack of leadership in this country has truly brought it to its knees. The unexpected appearance of a worldwide pandemic, currently affecting the planet called Earth, was just the start of 2020’s trials and tribulations.
This pandemic forced people all over the world to quarantine themselves and take many precautionary actions to prevent the death of those with compromised immune systems (i.e. the elderly and those with immune system diseases). This had a huge impact on the economy, specifically the entertainment & music industry. Live events of all kinds were having to be cancelled. Create. had to cancel and reschedule 3 shows in order to keep our community safe. With fewer things to distract our day-to-day lives, with having to force ourselves to stay home, with losing many of our jobs and forms of income, with all the greatest problems in the U.S. bubbling under the surface: IT IS WITH EXTREME CONSEQUENCE that the MURDER of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department has shaken the United States to its core.
One of the biggest and most troubling facts about the United States is the unnecessary level of Police Brutality and Racism that has plagued our Police Forces for centuries. The simple fact is that the U.S. is dealing with Institutional Racism and a corrupt Justice System which needs drastic reformation. Additionally, the fact that Racial-Profiling exists is one of the many ways that the corrupt Justice System in the United States incarcerates “5 times more African Americans than whites”(NAACP, 2020). The use of excessive force combined with a racist system that is often lead by devout white supremacists could only lead to the chaos George Floyd’s death triggered in our “Land of the Free”.
“If African Americans and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rates as whites, prison and jail populations would decline by almost 40%” (NAACP, 2020).
For years and years, the U.S. education system has hidden the truly disgusting history of slavery and modern-day discrimination. It has not helped by simply acknowledging slavery’s existence and failing to educate our youth on how to avoid racial stereotypes and microaggressions. Instead, we should be educating Americans on the dangers of white-privilege on the development of individuals and their actions towards their peers. This lack of education has led to the extreme divide between races in a land full of every culture and language one can imagine.
So let’s take a step back and see the big picture: we have a justice system that favors certain demographics, we have a police force that often racially profiles and incarcerates minorities at an unfair ratio and we have an education system that fails to teach it’s citizens on the full history and future prevention of racism in America. [Let’s not get me started on how prison labor is a form of modern-day slavery and the fact that minorities make up the majority of prisons.] With all these variables, it is no surprise that this corrupt system has forced the hands of U.S. citizens to take up their signs and protest for what’s right. All lives CANNOT matter until BLACK LIVES MATTER. (DONATE TODAY)
African Americans and their culture provided the foundation for most of the music we enjoy today! Hip-Hop, Rock n’ Roll and Electronic Dance Music can all be traced back to African American pioneers. In the 1970s our brothers and sisters began hip-hop/rap in the “housing projects of New York City”. (BlackPast.org, 2007) During the 1930s a “Queer Black Woman” was the unsung hero of rock n’ roll for decades. (theRoot.com, 2018) Lastly in the late 1970s and early 1980s “Gay Black Men” were the ones that helped create electronic dance music. (Billboard, 2018) With so much to thank African Americans it is with solidarity that Create. stands alongside our friends in Black Lives Matter.
Phyphr & Dredlok
Until we can change our current narrative and reality as a society we will continue to struggle with issues that divide us. In the EDM community there are four pillars of truth that allow us to avoid discrimination and judgement. Peace, Love, Unity and Respect. The entire reason I fell in love with the EDM scene was the fact that race, religion or economic status was not a factor in constructing life-long friendships. Never have I ever seen a more diverse crowd than when I attend an electronic music festival. People from all over the world come together in unity to celebrate music and love. If we want to continue enjoying music we must Create. a different atmosphere in order for all of us to be able to Create. together without fear of inequality or discrimination!
Kiss Me! – Space Platypus, Freaky, Neon Tiger, Ra, Devious, Bass Canviss, Rave Charles, & DaReal DJ
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Author’s Note: The fact that Create. has taken the initiative to donate all Online Purchases to Black Lives Matter (until July 4th, 2020) is something that brought tears to my eyes, when first proposed. Being multi-racial I have experienced racial discrimination and profiling my entire life. The Create. team has done nothing but support our community by educating themselves to the pain and struggles of our fellow brothers and sisters and using their platform to educate others as well. I am forever grateful to be part of such a progressive, innovative and compassionate team. Let us continue Create.ing together with love and light for all!