No Song is Safe From Us

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British-American tenor Joshua Blue considers “What is America?” in this week’s songs.
Content Warning: All of the songs in this week’s collection contain strong language, and even stronger themes regarding the state of our nation. Content spans topics including, but not limited to: racism, immigration, police brutality, domestic terrorism, white supremacy, and intolerance.

“I’m Not Racist” is a debate between two diametrically opposed men, one white and one black, arguing over the state of race relations in America. It is a raw, uncensored look at the stereotypes and tropes that create the ever-expanding racial divide. It’s a conversation between American’s that many are unwilling to have, and even more unwilling to hear. The crucial line “I’m not racist” is repeated throughout the track constantly from both sides, claiming that their generalizations, stereotypes, and ideals are justified because of their supposed colorblindness. It is hard to hear, but all the more important for it.

“I’m not racist/It’s like we livin’ in the same buildin’ but splittin’ the both sides/I’m not racist/But there’s two sides to every story and now you know mine”

Joshua Blue

British-American tenor and Toulmin Foundation Scholar Joshua Blue is a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist with the Washington National Opera. Appearing previously in NYFOS’s Protest program in 2018 and 2018, as well as NYFOS Next, Mr. Blue returns to our Merkin Hall series on November 14 in W. C. Handy and the Birth of the Blues.


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