” People say, ‘I’m tired of thinking about race, it’s a drag.’ Yeah, well, welcome to my life! I don’t care who you are. We have the time and the headspace for this stuff. The least you can do is take a moment. “


” White people are so fragile, God bless ’em. ‘Well, I didn’t own slaves.’ No you didn’t. Nobody is asking you to take personal responsibility for this. But you’re a beneficiary of a system that did. Just own that and move on. “


” Well, you know, the original banjos were all handmade instruments. Gourd – it would be made with gourds and whatever, you know, materials would have been around. And, you know, first hundred years of its existence, the banjo’s known as a plantation instrument, as a black instrument, you know? “


” So my mom’s folks are from one side of Greensboro – and, you know, outside of Greensboro. And my dad’s folks, the white side, is from another very small town outside of Greensboro. So both sides are coming from the country. “


” I think that we definitely want to experiment, and if there’s a hip-hop song that we like, we’ll cover it. We don’t want to be one of those bands that’s like, you know, you know – Carolina Chocolate Drops does hip-hop. I mean, just know – you know, if it naturally works itself in, you know, cool. “


” We’re not here as a black band playing white string band music. You know, we play stuff in the Appalachians, we play stuff in the white community, but we really highlight the black community’s music. “


” You know, I really feel a responsibility to the music, and I teach workshops in music sometimes. And folks do come to me and they go, ‘How do I make this blues song my own? How do I feel like I’m not an impostor doing this?’ And I’m like, ‘That’s an excellent question.’ That’s where you should start, where you go, ‘How does this speak to me? “


” You have to find the balance of figuring out how can I be effective? How can I use my platform for good, you know, without jeopardizing everything so that I don’t have that platform anymore. “


” At some point you have to take responsibility for who you are and where you are and being able to listen to other points of view, whichever side of the tracks you’re on. “


” Each song has its own way that it likes to be done, but it can be more than one way. If you tap into it, you can feel it. “



All 10 Rhiannon Giddens Quotes about You in picture


People say,
White people are so fragile, God bless
Well, you know, the original banjos were all handmade instruments. Gourd - it would be made with gourds and whatever, you know, materials would have been around. And, you know, first hundred years of its existence, the banjo
So my mom
I think that we definitely want to experiment, and if there
We
You know, I really feel a responsibility to the music, and I teach workshops in music sometimes. And folks do come to me and they go,
You have to find the balance of figuring out how can I be effective? How can I use my platform for good, you know, without jeopardizing everything so that I don
At some point you have to take responsibility for who you are and where you are and being able to listen to other points of view, whichever side of the tracks you
Each song has its own way that it likes to be done, but it can be more than one way. If you tap into it, you can feel it.

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