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UNC-Chapel Hill gets called out in ‘Black-ish’ slavery song, ‘We Built This’

(L-R): Marsai Martin, Jenifer Lewis, Yara Shahidi, Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown and Laurence Fishburne in ABC’s “Black-ish.”
(L-R): Marsai Martin, Jenifer Lewis, Yara Shahidi, Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown and Laurence Fishburne in ABC’s “Black-ish.” ABC

Tuesday night’s “Hamilton”-inspired episode of ABC’s “Black-ish” featured the cast in a stage celebration of Juneteenth, the holiday marking the announcement of the end of slavery.

Among the most striking musical numbers was a song called “We Built This,” introduced by Dre (Anthony Anderson), who is African American, to his white colleagues with this question: “You do know why America is so rich, right? Because we built this land for free.”

The song mentioned both UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia as universities built by slaves.

The song starts:

“We raised their children

Then raised their buildings

And they made billions

I’m catchin’ feelings

Really, what is it we built?

Railroads, Wall Street, The White House and universities

UVA? We built that

Chapel Hill? We built that

The Pyramids? No I’m sorry, our Hebrew brothers get credit for that.”

Watch the song below.

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