On Tuesday afternoon, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling received a lifetime ban from the NBA, after admitting that it was his voice in a leaked conversation with his ex-girlfriend, making outwardly racist statements. Rappers like Plies and Cassidy have already dropped dis tracks, and The-Dream follows up with the song and visuals for “Black,” addressing racism, classism and other forms of human rights violations.
The clip features images of Sterling and the Clippers players in protest, in addition to glimpses of the civil rights movement, Occupy Wall Street and more. The-Dream’s lyrics flash across the screen, emphasizing the chorus “I feel real black right now.”
The singer-songwriter and producer ends the video for “Black” with a special note.
“Black isn’t just a color. Black isn’t just a race anymore,” he writes. “It’s a feeling and a place from which one feels isolated by the world of the governing elite. Classism is the new racism. This is what black feels like.”