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Jay Z: Hip hop breaks down racism

Jay Z has claimed that hip hop stars have done more to banish racism than most other famous people in recent years.

The 99 Problems rapper told Oprah that he thought it was becoming more difficult for parents to teach racist attitudes at home when their children looked up to musicians such as Snoop Dogg.

According to the Daily Mirror, he said: "I think that hip hop has done more for racial relations than most cultural icons. Save Martin Luther King, because his dream speech we realised when President Obama got elected.

"This music didn't only influence kids from urban areas. People listen to this music all around the world, and [they] took to this music."

He continued: "Racism is taught in the home. It's very difficult to teach racism when your kid looks up to Snoop Doggy Dogg.

"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.

"We all realise that we're more alike than we're separate."

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