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Black Representation in Metal

Some great metal musicians who *happen* to be black.

Sometimes I clown on the representation argument as a black person because it feels a bit lazy or brittle to hide behind.

  1. It gives a pass to do work that isn't remarkable because you can hide behind an identity
  2. It reinforces ideas that certain careers aren't made for certain people -- or worse, certain careers are[1]

Neil deGrass Tyson puts it really well:

"If you only think of me as a black scientist, I have failed as a scientist"

Here are some dope metal musicians (who happen to be black):

ok Claudio Sanchez is Puerto Rican, but this song just slaps so hard I can't not include it

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  1. thought experiment for the reader of why this may be a worse outcome