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Pop Culture Essay Neil Young has made a career out of writing intelligent poetic music that has related to a wide range of people for 40 years His songs consist of insightful storytelling and music that conveys the intended emotions of that song appealing to the variety of human emotion thus making his music accessible to so many people One of his favorite themes is exposing social inequalities and injustice In a song he released in 1970 titled Southern Man he sings of racial prejudice in the southern states of the United States More specifically he refers to the era of black slavery and the hypocrisy of these slave traders owners and their entire society that either supported these atrocious practices or merely turned a blind eye to the truth of the situation In the first verse of Southern Man Neil sings Southern Man better keep your head Dont forget what your good book said Southern change gonna come at last Now your crosses are burning fast The vast majority of southerners during the slavery period and even now are devout Christians With this verse the contradictions of action versus faith are exposed providing a basis for his argument against southern racism and suggesting damnation as punishment for their actions Hypocrisy within religion has always been a main theme surrounding social issues as countless atrocities have been committed on the supposed basis of religion or despite contradiction of ones own religion Despite preaching higher moral values and civilized society these do not align with the actions of those responsible The second verse provides rich but simple imagery for the listener enabling a clearer presentation of the quality of life for both sides of the slave industry I saw cotton and I saw black Tall white mansions and little shacks Southern man when will
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