“Old Town Road” Becoming The Number One Song In Country Moves ‘End Of Racism’ Clock To Half Past One
The quest for a post-racial society took a big step today. With Lil Nas X’s song “Old Town Road” topping the Billboard 100 chart, the ‘End of Racism’ clock struck half past one.
The ‘End of Racism’ clock was created by the Alliance For An Equal America back in 2008. The group set out to chart the progress the United States would make surrounding race after the election of Barack Obama. When the clock strikes midnight, that means racism will have been completely eradicated from the Earth. The clock is currently 10 and a half hours from that goal.
“There have been so many factors lately that really set us back. So, it’s nice to have something sending us in the right direction for once,” said scientist Dani Lawrence. “When Billboard announced that they were taking the song off the country charts, it set the clock back a nanosecond. Another huge factor was the 2016 election. That turned the clock back to 12:10.”
According to the group’s report, “Old Town Road” had a significant impact on the clock because it brought the two worlds of country and hip hop closer than ever before. The marriage of the two genres turned country fans into hip hop fans and hip hop fans into country fans. Everyone agrees: the song goes crazy. The closest the clock has ever been to midnight was when it was initially created in 2008 after the election of Obama. At that point, the clock was at 3.
Although the song helps, America still has a ways to go before it is an equal society. “Things like better representation for people of color in government and recognition for artistic achievement are always helpful,” said Lawrence. “But if people keep wearing blackface on Halloween or blaming immigrants for all their problems, it’s gonna be a very long hour.”