In 2018, Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s most recent work was staged, performed and recorded at the Louvre in Paris against a backdrop of some of the most famous art in the world. While no riots were reported, it is not unexpected that their showmanship and point of view have been described by some as groundbreaking and relevant and by others as inappropriate and presumptuous. But none of us should fail to recognize that their work exposes crucial truths once invisible or considered by some to be objectionable.
Like it or not, the cultural world we live in, and the actual planet we live on, are changing. Long-held and cherished beliefs, whether religious, cultural or scientific, are giving way, again like it or not, to new facts, conditions and circumstances. Many of these new social facts are inclusionary, multi-cultural, feminist, etc., that is, unconventional in 1776 (and still, now, after almost 2 ½ centuries, a heart-breaking struggle for those at the effect of the politics of exclusion).
Yet the times are changing, faster than they used to change. Like every other animal on the planet, we must adapt to the world and the climate in which we find ourselves (or die) and hatred, violence and denial, despite the prevalence of their current practices, are not acceptable means if our civilization is to survive and thrive.