“the least racist is still racist”

Awareness is the greatest agent for change.

So many white people suddenly waking up the last two weeks and educating themselves. Would that more had chosen to be open to uncomfortable truths earlier, yet grateful so many are seeking to learn and listen and more at this time.

“the least racist is still racist”

Dave, extra lyric to “Black”. Brit Awards, February 18th, 2020

On February 18th this year, Dave stepped up to perform his hit “Black”, on stage at the Brits awards. Along with millions of others, I watched it live on TV, already so blown away by his brilliance and the power of the song, and then….and then Dave stood up from the piano and unleashed a tirade of incandescent genius, then smiled, knowing he had given every ounce of his being to that performance, turned, walked off stage.

No applause, the live audience and the millions watching sat, stunned, deeply feeling what they just witnessed.

The line above is from the first verse of the extra lines he added that night.

Watch then read for more.

Awareness is the greatest agent for change.

Over to you Dave, first the video, then the extra lyrics:

It is racist, whether or not it feels racist

The truth is our Prime Minister’s a real racist

They say: “you should be grateful we’re the least racist”

I say: “the least racist is still racist”

And if somebody hasn’t said it

Equality is a right, it doesn’t deserve credit

Now if you don’t wanna get it then you’re never gonna get it

How the news treats Kate versus how they treated Meghan

Rest in peace Jack Merritt, you’re my brother in arms

There’s tears in our eyes and love in our hearts

We never had the same background, culture, colour or past

But you devoted your life to giving others a chance

And for that, I’m so taken aback

Because you gave us all a voice, I have to say it for Jack

As a young black man seeing paper and crack

Given tougher sentences, it’s just papering cracks

All we need is unity, funding for communities, equal opportunities,

People under scrutiny, no more immunity, way less hatred

More conservation, less deforestation

We want rehabilitation – now that would be amazing

But Grenfell victims still need accommodation

And we still need support for the Windrush generation

Reparations for the time our people spent on plantations

Dave, extra lyrics to “Black”. Brit Awards, February 18th, 2020

Also published on Medium.