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In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in the 1960s, Oprah Winfrey‘s OWN network will be featuring programming dedicated to race discussions including racism and civil rights. In a montage promoting the month-long endeavor, which just so happens to come after the release of the film Selma (in theaters now), Jay Z is noted for his comments on racism in the latest episode of “Oprah’s Master Class”.

Jay Z offers his very well-rounded point of view in the best way he knows how, by detailing music’s healing and educating effect on racism. The way Jay describes it, hip hop music (and music in general) has had almost a medicinal effect on the world. His truthful comments bring to mind Bob Marley‘s vision of curing the world of racism and hate with unity through the power of music.

“I think that Hip Hop has done more for racial relations than most cultural icons and I say, save Martin Luther King because his dream speech we realized when President Obama got elected. This music didn’t only influence kids from urban areas. It influenced people around the world. Racism is taught in the home. I truly believe that racism is taught when you’re young. So, it’s very difficult to teach racism when your kid looks up to Snoop Doggy Dogg. If you look at clubs and you look at how integrated they have become. Before people partied in separate clubs — there were Hip Hop clubs and there were techno clubs — now, people party together and once you have people partying, dancing and singing along to the same music, then conversations naturally happen after that. Within conversations, we all realize that we’re more alike than we’re separate.”

Watch the full video below.

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