- 19 Jan 21
The First US Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation would seek to examine and address the systemic historical racism Black Americans have experienced, along with continued racial inequalities.
Seventeen artists including Alicia Keys, Summer Walker, Quavo, Offset, and more have filmed a campaign video calling for the launch of a U.S. Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation within the first 100 days of the Biden/Harris administration.
Titled “17 More Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black in America", the video brings attention to some of the lives lost to systemic racism since Trump came to power in 2016.
It features contributions from Khalid, Asian Doll, 070 Shake, A$AP Ferg, Vic Mensa, Mary J Blige, T.I., and Rapsody.
The video is a follow-up to Keys and Leigh Blake’s 2016 clip “23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black In America.”
Stevie Wonder also voiced his support for the commission today in an emotional video tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. on Twitter.
“Without truth, we cannot have accountability. Without accountability, we cannot have forgiveness. Without forgiveness, we cannot heal,” Wonder said.
The campaign is led by the #breathewithme Revolution and the Black Music Action Coalition.
The artists are advocating for the incoming administration to document, address, and archive the United States’ history of slavery and racism.
Legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Barbara Lee and in the Senate by Senator Cory Booker.
— Stevie Wonder (@StevieWonder) January 18, 2021