Eddy Grant—Guyanese Pop Musician—Weighs-In On The Black/White Divide
Born 1948 March 5, Grant moved to the UK with his family in 1960. R&B, the blues, and rock music guzzled his mind beyond his homeland tan singing, an Indo-Caribbean vocal style. Inventor of ringbang, Eddy has found his niche in the world of music, navigating between the roles of pop star, reggae radical, and musical entrepreneur.
Eddy brings an amazing voice to the current colour storm, sharing insights about the role of the artist and the conditions that should lead to real change. I daresay, it's an intellectual discourse, perhaps a bit discursive, but worth a listen/viewing. He talks about reparations being among the hopeful pieces of evidence of real change. See video link below.
The views expressed are not necessarily my own.
Thanks for sharing, cabcool. I appreciate it. I have prided myself on truly listening with the intent of understanding throughout this entire ordeal ( with the exception of trolls, etc. ). When I first listen to him, I must admit I had to go meditate, pray, and clear my energy because I was angry at such a judgmental person. While I cannot speak for anyone else, I found his accusation that white people who are protesting are only doing so to dethrone Trump and care nothing about black lives highly offensive. While that may indeed be the motive for some; it certainly isn't for all.
Those of us with close black friends, or black family, or just compassionate human beings certainly do care about black lives and want to see justice prevail.
In regards to what we should call black people, I call them Black because they have asked me to. And I don't think it's up to Eddy to dictate what I call them when I've been specifically asked to call them black. Perhaps that's a personal beef; I'm unsure.
I was quite shocked by this, to be honest; however, I do understand the frustration and built up resentment in regards to the white man destroying everything. I actually agreed with that statement. White men have practically destroyed everything they've touched, from peaceful indigenous people's who trusted their arrival to kidnapping and enslaving them as animals to use for profiteering. I wish with all my heart I could say I didn't agree with him on that, but unfortunately for my race, I do.
I do enjoy his music and actually lived in England in the late 60's when his first number one song hit, Baby Come Back. He is right in that you don't have to like him to enjoy his music; however, I do quite like him, as well as his forthright honesty.
Thanks for sharing.