I feel like a free man.
A lot has happened to enable a young, black man like Frank Ocean to “feel like a free man.” When the United States of America was founded, slavery was still a huge problem, one that wouldn’t be eradicated until December 6th, 1865. Of course, there were still many forms of oppression which continued to exist, and can still be said to exist, in America. While the rights of black people and of ethnic minorities has greatly improved, there still exists much discrimination towards those who characterize themselves as being homosexual. However, perhaps discrimination based on sexual preference is rapidly declining before our eyes. For example, the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the United States military was repelled on September 10th, 2011. Moreover, with the publication of this letter, Hip Hop finally gained a male who was open about his sexuality (and if Fat Joe is to be believed, he will be the first of many, since he maintains that Hip Hop is run by some sort of “gay mafia.“). It remains to be seen the impact this will have, but the impact could be huge for the Hip Hop community, as many people who were previously living in fear might now be given renewed strength. But enough of it’s exterior implications, this letter was penned in a very personal manner, and for the person who penned it, peace of mind now awaits, "I don’t have any secrets I need kept anymore.”
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