In a new interview with The Metro Newspaper, UK rapper Bashy was asked the following question by journalist James Day….
Is music a way out for young black people now, like boxing used to be?
The question stopped me dead in my tracks this morning, and then I laughed out loud.
Could James really be this dumb, ignorant and perhaps racist?
Does he actually believe that back in the day a young black man’s (that’s who I assume he is referring too) only goal in life was to become the next Frank Bruno, and in 2009 to become the next Lil Wayne?
James has obviously been brought up with the preconcieved notion that black people have been put on this earth only to sing, shuck and jive while standing next to Amy Winehouse, and to beat seven bells out of each other in a boxing ring in front of a baying crowd.
Forget about studying to become University graduates, doctors, surgeons, dentists, lawyers, media moguls and the President of the United States of America. We simply don’t have enough brain cells to achieve such goals.
No according to James their are no other options for us. Our only way out of the ‘slums’ has always been through the POWER of sport, entertainment and maybe carpentry.
Oh dear, oh dear James.. how did you get it all so wrong?
Since the publication of this interview there have been calls for an apology, and from some quarters calls to fire James Day.
If you wish to complain to The Metro with regards to this interview then email: firstname.lastname@example.org – Subject: James Day – Bashy Interview (4th June 2009).
Bashy’s new album Catch Me If You Can is available in stores now!