BANG! NEWS – Lady Gaga believes America reached a “pivotal moment” in its evolution, comparing the country to a toxic forest which needs to be uprooted.
The Shallows singer compared racism in the United States (US) to an oppressive forest that needs to be uprooted and admitted she believes the younger generation is the one to instigate important changes, though they may take some time to come to fruition.
Taking part in YouTube’s Dear Class of 2020 event, she said, “You are watching what is a pivotal moment in this country’s evolution.
“You are watching society change in a deeply important way. This change will be slow, and we will have to be patient. But change will happen and it will be for the better…
“I think about a broad forest filled densely with tall trees. Trees as old as this country itself. Trees that were planted with racist seeds. Trees that grew prejudice branches and oppressive leaves and mangled roots that buried and entrenched themselves deep within the soil, forming a web so well developed and so entangled that push back when we try to look clearly at how it really works.
“This forest is where we live, it’s who we are. It’s the moral and value system that we as a society have upheld and emboldened for centuries.
“I make this analogue between racism and nature in this country because it’s as pervasive and real as nature. It is some part of everything the light touches.”
Gaga hailed the graduating students as the “seeds of the future” who can create a “far more beautiful and loving” forest.
She continued, “But in this moment, all of us are being invited to challenge that system and think about how to affect real change. I believe in my heart that the people who are going to make this change happen are listening to me speak right now. I know this is true because it’s you who are the seeds of the future.
“You are the seeds that will grow into a new and different forest that is far more beautiful and loving than the one we live in today.
“[You have been] presented with a wonderful gift: The opportunity to reflect in this powerful moment on your morals, your principles and your values and how they will guide you through life as it presents itself and as you wonder where it will take you.”