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Dan + Claudia Zanes - "Reparations is a Must (4th of July Love Song)" [Official Lyric Video]
Watch the official lyric video for "Reparations is a Must (feat. Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead)" from Dan + Claudia Zanes' upcoming Smithsonian Folkways album, 'Let Love Be Your Guide.' 'Let Love Be Your Guide' available September 10th, 2021, on CD and digital. Pre-order/stream: Smithsonian Folkways: All other platforms: Let Love Be Your Guide, the first duo album by internationally renowned family musicians Dan + Claudia Zanes, is a collection of songs to spark intergenerational conversations about anti-racism, racial justice, and the joys of community. Conceived during the 2020 Black Lives Matter uprisings and coronavirus pandemic, the songs describe the new terms of togetherness– how we understand it, how we build it, and how we strive for more. Rooted in many different traditions, including gospel, R&B, and Haitian folk song, the eclectic, warm, and accessible music the duo makes reflects the kindness and openness that underpin their message: out of isolation and hardship we can learn how to accept and heal the wounds of the past, and how to change and face the future with grace and compassion, regardless of our age. From the artists: Claudia: This video shows the kinds of images we both grew up with in New Hampshire. I saw white folks represented almost everywhere I looked. It was hard for me to find my sense of belonging. In history classes I learned very little about slavery, even less about Jim Crow, and practically nothing about the amazing achievements and contributions of Black people in America. The idea of reparations never came up! And if it had, back then I had no context. This is our way of helping families talk about one of the most important issues facing our country. If we’re not talking about reparations, what are we talking about? Dan: My experience was similar to Claudia's but I felt white cultural dominance from the other side. Every time I took a coin or a bill out of my pocket, I saw the face of a white man. Movies, TV, books, newspapers, on and on. We're everywhere! On many levels, I thought this is how things were supposed to be. I didn't understand the nature of the oppression that put us in this position, the tremendous suffering of many and the cost to everyone’s humanity. As I learned more about this history and the social and economic disparities that exist today as a result, it became clear that reparations are essential. It's our hope that this song and video can be part of a much larger discussion. Like so many people, we believe it’s imperative to acknowledge the wrongs of the past and present in order to change the course of this country. We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to be free and flourish. Dan + Claudia: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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