XP 6: How can I resist injustice through music?
- What types of connections can exist between music, culture, and justice?
- What injustices can I address through music?
- How can I express how I feel about injustices through music?
- How can I resist injustices through music?
Listen to this interview with Quetzal Flores and Martha Gonzales about their band Quetzal’s recent album The Eternal Getdown
- Think about and answer the following questions:
- How is the group Quetzal connecting music, culture, and community to resist injustice?
- What are social injustices in your community you want to address through music?
- Think about and answer the following questions
- What are poetic and creative ways you can express how you feel about this injustice (through metaphor, wordplay, tone, melody, cadence, etc)?
- Is there something from a song that resists social injustice that you can remix or use as inspiration for your creative process?
- Review the lyrics and music of Strange Fruit or of other music that has resisted injustices through music in the past
- Pick a line from Strange Fruit or other music that resisted injustices that stands out to you
- Write a short verse that incorporates this line
- Now, try creating and performing your own version of Strange Fruit or other music (for yourself or others) and incorporate your new verse
- You don’t need to share this with anyone but you might consider sharing with friends, family, or a mentor
Share What you Learned
If you are using the LRNG platform:
- Go back, find out what to submit, and complete the XP
- If you want, you can then learn even more with the optional “Go Further!” activities below
If you are not using the LRNG platform:
- Continue below and share with your teacher or organization:
Sharing What You Learned
Choose one of the following:
- Share the music and line from it that you used as inspiration along with your new verse
- Share music you created that expresses how you feel about an injustice
- Share a video selfie or in writing how you could express how you feel about an injustice or how you could resist an injustice through music in the future