Everyone had some sort of response to Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist remarks, ranging from Rihanna to President Obama. Yet, for some, it is easier to put words to music, than to a speech or Instagram post. For The Dream, he took his thoughts and put it into a chilling record and visual, simply titled Black. Embedded in the lyrics, he expresses many of our sentiments in which moments like this really put your stature in American into a brutally honest context.
At the end of the video, The Dream includes these powerful words:
Black isn’t just a color.
Black isn’t just a race anymore.
It’s a feeling and a place from which one feels isolated by world of the governing elite
Along with that, The Dream pays tribute to a few of our countries best civil rights leaders including Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. I must say to hear Sterling’s remarks hurt, but sometimes we need those moments to bring us back to reality on how some in the country view us. Despite that, I am very proud of how not only the Clippers organization, but us as a people reacted and handled the situation, using our words and not actions, to spark a conscious debate.