KRS-One said that people can learn about their past a lot more easily now than the past due to technology, which can be advantageous for youth seeking to discover their roots.
He discussed that he believes classes often focus on individual historical figures rather than the larger story of how social and other forces interact to produce sets of circumstances.
The example KRS-One used was the underground railroad. Harriet Tubman would have saved more slaves if they better realized how much they were the victims of systemic oppression.
Following the lecture, Sac State student DeWayne Lamont â who said that KRS-One was a heavy influence on his work as a rapper (he goes by the name Consci8us) â asked KRS-One a question about the modern state of hip-hop.
The two held an impromptu freestyle session in the Redwood Room as a crowd surrounded them.
âI just wanted to ask him a few questions. I wasnât expecting all of this,â said Ewing. âI just released my last project, âWhen Purpose Meets Destinyâ in December, so I guess things like this are just going to keep happening.â
Another topic KRS-One discussed was relations between the sexes, saying that the differences between genders are important and that women should be esteemed more highly than men.
âWomen tend to want to get in competition with men, but they werenât made that way,â he said. âThe reason to be a man was to protect the queen. If we fail to realize that we are colonial.â
Cara Lamumba, who attended the event, agreed with him.
âHeâs absolutely right because when I was growing up my mother said that women are the ones who are going to keep the family together,â she said. âAfter my mother passed away it was my father and both of my brothers and I, and the only way we would get together is when I made the phone calls. So heâs right that women keep the family together, though thereâs a lot of men who step up also.â
The last message that KRS-One gave his audience was that racism shouldnât exist. We have to know about history to understand other cultures, he said.
âEveryone here is an illegal alien. All that talk of people coming from Mexico? Thatâs for idiots. None of this land is ours.â