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Racial segregation is nothing new; it has been a part of the United States’ history and unfortunately still continues today. Even in racially diverse areas like New York City, the racial divide is more than apparent in the music industry. Fans and audiences of a certain genre will almost always be of the same racial background as one another and the musician performing. This paper summarizes the issue and explores three different hypotheses by relating them to three different music genres: rock ‘n’ roll, rap/hip-hop, and British Pop/American Independent. Music is one of the most popular forms of communication, but with regards to integration between races and genres, it is unable to successfully bridge those lines of communication.

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