So much for the 'Land of the free'
From The Guardian
by Merope Mills.
Shadow over Craig David's US tour
The 'reverse racism' that marked the careers of jazz musicians Billie Holliday and Louis Armstrong is now threatening to blight the path of British R&B singer Craig David.
More than 50 years after Armstrong was criticised by black newspapers for working with a white trombonist, David, 21, is being encouraged to drop white guitarist Fraser T Smith from his backing band to maximise sales during a two-month promotional campaign in the US.
Black executives at urban radio networks in America have advised him that the presence of a white guitarist will hamper his potential for a bigger fanbase.
David says he was told an all-black support band would maximise sales among an African-American audience.
In an Interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, the singer said that he found it "disappointing that there was still this slight sense of racism going on over there".
Craig, son of a half-Jewish white mother and a father from Grenada, said he had no intention of changing musicians: "It shouldn't matter what colour or creed you are. Fraser plays licks that half those 'urban' guys can't even fathom. They can lump it or leave it".
British critics argue that the American outlook reinforces a racial divide by labelling R&B and hip-hop as exclusively African-American music. "In America, the music scene is seriously segregated," said one record label insider.
Over there, urban music is just a euphamism for black music, and it's really hard for us to get our white artists played on urban radio".
He cited Eternal, in the mid-90s the most successful girl-group in Britain, with three black and one white singers: "Before they went out to America they didn't let anyone know that Louise was white.
"It was only when they got there, to the radio stations, that people realised there was a white girl in the group. They couldn't get as much promotion from urban areas as they would for an all black group".
I'm amazed this kind of attitude still prevails in 21st century America!!!
Man, proud man, drest in a little brief authority, most ignorant of what he’s most assured,
his glassy essence, like an angry ape, plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven,
as makes the angels weep.
William Shakespeare (anticipating George W Bush?)