Created by Elion C. Chong
Audio File: Song ‘Black’ by Dave (2019)
It is no surprise that there is a long history of pain and suffering when it comes to Black history. There is an even longer history behind it that has been severed due to the mass injustices inflicted on these people. The song “Black” by Dave beautifully captures more than just the struggle and detriments of having darker skin, although he does still include these topics. The song also brings up key issues of erasure, cultural appropriation, and the lasting effects of colonialism. However, “Black” explores blackness in all its glory. He focuses on the vibrancy of blackness and portrays that there is a whole spectrum of incredible qualities that come with being black. There is an innate quality of resilience and strength that is deeply rooted in Black community. It is a tragedy, to say the least when describing the events that unfolded. But there is not one person within this group of peoples that would say they are tragically colored. The history that reduces this group of people to fit whatever negative agenda at the time is the struggle, but there is pride and excellence to be showcased after beating the odds again and again. He opens the door to questions we all need to ask ourselves when it comes to prejudice, systemic oppression, and racial identity. It is crucial that we as individuals have conversations about race and have open minds to truly move forward.