Interacting with police officers. Going to public school. Buying a home in a nice neighborhood. Getting venture capital. Coaching at the University of Texas. Jail sentencing. Receiving the benefit of doubt.
The list of things that are much much harder for Black people is long and hard to list here (especially while new things continue to be added to the list), but what I'll say this moment is that listening to the new Kendrick Lamar album "To Pimp a Butterfly" is definitely not one of them.
I love this album because it's so unapologetically Black. You don't have to be a certain ethnicity to appreciate good music, but this album just is much easier to interpret if you've had Black experiences.
This is probably the most "Black" album I've ever listened to. It's jazz and funk and neo-soul and hip-hop all at once, all genres created by Black men and women that have gone on to produce acts ranging from Stan Getz to Iggy Azalea to greater success than many of their Black peers and predecessors.
The opening lyrics to the Pharrell-produced track "Alright" pretty much sum it up: "Alls my life I has to fight" referencing a line by Oprah Winfrey in The Color Purple. Both Rolling Stones and The New York Times have stellar reviews of the full album "To Pimp a Butterfly" if you're interested and haven't purchased it yet.