World Needs Changing

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I've been so angered by the deep seated racism in America (and the UK), and I watched in horror at the murder of George Floyd, seeing it played out on our TV screens.

I recoiled in horror as America’s president instead of taking a stance of uniting people he instead choose to divide them, and instead used the national guard and police to violently clear innocent protesters purely for him to take a photo op of himself holding a bible (without even asking the church for permission) and call peaceful protesters terrorists - wow!

I watched the protests across the world (and yes at times, the looting) I watched how it was being managed by the authorities and thought of how it could have been handled so differently.

I'm a white working class guy from Colchester, England and I thought how have I got a right to create some art about this subject?
To write a song about George Floyd, Black Lives Matter & the protests across the world and really know how it feels for the people deeply impacted by it?

Thinking, what right have I got to comment on people's stories from another country, people who live on the other side of the ocean and whose life is so different from my own but then I thought - I've seen this evil racism all my life here in England and I am still disgusted by it and nothing is changing after years and years. I've seen how the police treat people of colour, I grew up in a multi-cultural Hackney and have witnessed (and stood against) racism and division. I have seen hate, I have seen division and I believe you have to call it out - call out racism.

I feel that all people really need to call out the hatred, the division and the deep rooted racism that continues to eat away at our communities, not because one person is better than another, but because we are all as good as each other.
I stand in solidarity with the people this is impacting, it will only change if we all collectively stand together and demand change.

Young people get it, they know right from wrong and that a moment of change and a point in history has started to arrive, a moment to correct past wrongs and make our societies ones that represent all of it's citizens.

It will not be easy and there will be turmoil, pain and division but I trust in our young to get us there. I hope one deeply ugly moment paves the way for a better tomorrow - R.I.P George.

The process? I was just appalled by what I have seen before my eyes and my bit of art (in the form of a song) was born out of a short improvisation/stream of consciousness session that came together really quickly - maybe because it was so important.

If you like it, pay it forward
Thanks and solidarity

J
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released June 12, 2020
Played and produced by Johnno Casson

www.johnnocasson.co.uk

Mastered by Luke Barwell

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Johnno Casson aka Snippet makes Pop music from the leftfield; quirky & bouncy with a dash of folk & a splash of funk.

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