In America’s society, equality has always been a reoccurring issue. All the way from early slavery and the Holocaust to discrimination toward African Americans, females, and now same-sex marriages. As much as our world focuses on becoming equal, each culture deals with it’s own differences. In Michael Jackson’s song, “Black or White” compared with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ song, “Same Love,” they each approach the same topic encompassing equality. Songs from completely two different generations but each song is concentrating on the important issues of their time, racial discrimination and same-sex relationships. Both of the artists have the same dreams on fairness and each song is just the start of how people started to change their views on these equality differences. Music plays a strong, influential role in our society. Its popularity is the easiest way to get to people. Music’s popularity gives a wide variety of viewers and can transform people’s intake on music. Ever since the early 1800’s, music has gathered people together and has brought attention to social issues under the surface. With these two songs, they brought up huge controversial issues in society. Equality, being one of many popular topics artists write about, is the focus in both songs even with the spacing of when either one was produced. Equality in America is a topic that is difficult to take in. Since the late 1700’s, “free people” just simply meant white men. From this point, it progressed to qualifying white women under that category of a “free person.” America strives for equality ever since the Constitution was signed. As periods in America’s generations advanced, we began to come closer to more equal rights for each United States citizen. All the way ... ... middle of paper ... ...en music a whole new outlook, but have inspired people who are discriminated to not be afraid and embrace who they are as an individual. Society has evolved substantially since the early 1900’s, and even though there is still a reoccurrence of the same discrimination topics, our world has become more aware of our equality issues and has tried to fix our past mistakes. Works Cited Gallup. "The Controversy of Same-Sex Marriage." Open Discussions About Various Controversies. N.p., 2000. Web. 10 Feb. 2014. Jackson, Michael. Black or White. Jackson. Warnel/Chappell Music, 1991. CD. Lambert, Mary. "Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – Same Love Lyrics." Rap Genius. N.p., Aug. 2013. Web. 08 Feb. 2014. Macklemore and Lewis. "Same Love." Rec. 18 July 2012. The Heist. Ryan Lewis, 2012. MP3. Treacy, Patrick, Dr. "Vitiligo." True Michael Jackson. N.p., 2012. Web. 17 Feb. 2014.