Our culture founded from oppression
Yet we don't have acceptance for 'em

from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Ft. Macklemore & Mary Lambert) – Same Love Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The USA was founded when trying to free itself from religious and government pressure in England, but now we oppress others. Unfortunately America has a long history of oppression beginning with the persecution of Native Americans, slavery, and now with the condemning of homosexuals based on religious beliefs.

He’s also referencing hip-hop culture. He recognizes hip-hop’s origins as an African-American response to a less-privileged position in society.

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