Research Summary #4

When finding a source for this research summary, I realized that all my previous summaries were all in the form of writing. I began to think how in today’s society, most messages are sent through wide use of media, such as advertisements, music, and television shows. From personal experience, I learned that a great deal of information is transmitted through audios and visuals. Rather than sticking to another writing source, I decided to branch out and find another medium for this research summary.

To find my source, I used Google search engine and typed in “hate crime laws.” However, the results were all articles or opinions in the form of writing. I decided then to be more specific and typed in “songs about hate crimes.” After looking through the search results, I eliminated the multiple results to just two: Austra’s “Hate Crimes” and Kate Nash’s “Pink Limo Ride.” I thought each song conveyed strong messages about hate crimes. To find which of the two were more relevant and more credible to the issue of hate crimes, I had to do more research on each musician and the songs. After listening to each song, reading the lyrics, and researching the artists, I decided Kate Nash’s “Pink Limo Ride” is more suitable for this research summary because this song describes a personal experience.

I believe Kate Nash is a credible source because she is an award-winning British singer, songwriter, musician, and actress. Not only did her albums chart really high in United Kingdom, she was also named Best Female Artist at the 2008 BRIT Awards. In addition, after researching, I found that the song “Pink Limo Ride” is written for a friend, a man name Mika, who was beaten in a hate crime. The song lyrics refer to Mika, and Kate Nash’s feeling towards the attack as well as her love for her friend. Because of Kate Nash’s successful music career and the relevance of the song, I believe this is a credible source.

To demonstrate her stance on hate crimes, Kate Nash uses the lyrics, “We’ll fight the prejudice, / This bull-sh*t I contest.” In these two lines, she shows a wide range of emotions such as persistence, anger, and disapproval for the prejudice act and her will to fight against it. Kate Nash starts the song with powerful lines, “Sometimes, sometimes it’s hard to keep your head up/ Yeah you’ve been hurt before/ You lost your faith in humanity/ And it’s taken it’s [sic] turn,/ Don’t know how long for.” In these first few lines, Nash illustrates how her friend not only has lost confidence in himself, but also has given up hope in society. Continuing with “You’re bleeding/I’ll open once again to see the beauty in the world/ I’ll stamp out all the hatred that I can,” Nash illustrates the aftermath of her friend’s attack and promises to support her friend. The first line gives an image of Mika’s suffering, whether physically hurt or mentally exhausted. The next two lines then states how Nash promises to help fight against hatred in order to make the world a better place. Throughout the song, Kate Nash constantly reminds Mika that although there are people who act upon hate, she is there to reassure him that she loves him and will strive to fight against hate crimes.

Works Cited:

Nash, Kate. “Pink Limo Ride.” 2013. Web.  1 Nov. 2013

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