It has been an emotional time for many of us these last few months. I’ve watched all the protests around the world. It has been difficult to watch and not be able to take part myself and join my brothers and sisters in the fight for everything we deserve. And as I listen to Bryan Carter’s ‘Dear Blue’ I get emotional all over again.
On June 19, 2020, in honor of Juneteenth, the New York-based artist released ‘Dear Blue’. The song — written, produced, arranged and performed by Bryan — is an expressive and deeply gripping ballad that shares the contents of a letter addressed to a police officer from the victim of a deadly traffic stop. The anthem paints a world in which police officers have to confront their victims via letter, and questions if apathy can be transformed into empathy.
Speaking about the track, Carter says:
“We are in the midst of a revolution—one that has taken to the streets around the globe. As we march and demand the demolition of the systemic injustices that plague our democracy, we are met head-on by the “boys in blue”—a fraternal brotherhood of heroes. This precarious ideology is instilled on day one of the academy and re-enforced by the same media that assassinates the humanity of unarmed black men every evening on the news. But what if this barbarous gallantry were challenged by those who have suffered the most? Could their fear be reconciled and repurposed in an effort to better protect and serve their communities? Though no such world exists, where there is reason there is hope. In the words of James Baldwin, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
You can stream the track here
It’s a powerful song and I want to thank Bryan for sharing this with us. More people need to hear this so share it with everyone you know.
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