By Jase Peeples
Originally published on Advocate.com May 01 2014 1:08 PM ET
R&B singer-songwriter The-Dream released a new track and music video, “Black,” Tuesday evening that’s grabbing attention that’s grabbing attention as much for the song’s timely message as the video’s gay-inclusive imagery.
“Let us pray your idea outlives you,” The-Dream sings as images of civil rights activists such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Harvey Milk flash by. This is juxtaposed with the lyrics “Never be impressed with a man with no messages” atop images of Clippers owner Donald Sterling, Joseph Kony, and Vladimir Putin.
The singer ends the moving video with the following written statement:
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 the world of the governing elite.
“'Classism is the new racism.”
This is what black feels like.