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In his new song “Starts With Me,” he raps about what his father taught him about race-relations and his own thoughts on it. While speaking with students at Liberty University Convocation he shared his thoughts on what’s going on with racism in the United States and how we can all come together.
TobyMac said, “I think we’re facing some hard times in the United States right now as it relates to race. If your world isn’t diverse, I’m not going to say you’re sinning, but I’m going to say you’re missing out on the richness that I know of living a lifetime of diversity. There’s a richness in us coming together. I think we’re far more beautiful together than we are separated.”
Moreover, he loves diversity and spoke about his Jamaican wife and African-American kids. While growing up in Georgia he recalls his father teaching him ‘damaging ideas about race-relations.’
As he recalled those conversations it immediately inspired him to write a song about it.
TobyMac said, “I want to write a song that’s honest and I want change to start with me. I want my kids to see something different.”
The single “Starts With Me,” is on his eighth album “Elements.” He spoke about how many people have lost trust in the system as well as justice prevailing. One line from the song, “Say I need you and you need me/Father give us eyes to see,” asks God to show us the way despite differences. Furthermore, TobyMac’s song is a conversation about race.
He said, “When you’re scared to ask somebody from a different culture about themselves, it sort of locks up and keeps us in our shadows as it comes to race relations. But I think it’s just opening, opening your heart, looking from someone else’s perspective for a minute. I think it’s our job as believers, we’re the ones that are supposed to be the people imitated and it’s our job to be aware of what someone feels like — that’s called compassion.”
Listen to TobyMac’s song “Starts With Me,” and let us know what you think of it.
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