Charley Pride recorded somewhere between 29 and 40 #1 hits, depending on how you count. It was funny, then, when someone posing as an expert on country music claimed only four black men had ever topped Billboard Country Charts. One of those didn’t—Lil Nas X. And there was one massive omission—Charley Pride. The most likely explanation is the most obvious. This guy doesn’t know who Charley Pride is because he doesn’t really know shit about country music and is lying to make a cheap point.
When called on it, he responded flippantly. I could argue here that if you expect any credibility in arguing country music that you need to get your facts right. He might perhaps argue in return that his cause is more important than getting it right about Mr. Pride. But those are utilitarian arguments. I’m not interested in making utilitarian arguments. In Kantian terms, Mr. Pride has the right to be treated as an end, not as a means. In Christian terms, he is inherently deserving of dignity as a human being created in God’s image. He is a man, not a tool in your box of arguments.
So fuck that hack. Let’s listen to some damn fine music.
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