We Need A 21st Century Live Aid To Help Fight White Supremacy

Co-written by Lorraine Devon Wilke  

Global white supremacy is on the rise. One way to combat the hate and ignorance is to look back to 1985, when musicians came together for an epic concert to raise money for Ethiopian famine. 

Imagine the positive impact of a venue with a roster of popular artists coming together to raise money for global organizations fighting white supremacy.  

Organizing this kind of event  would be a monumental task and one that would require a well-connected, influential promoter: Someone who can get Mick Jagger, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Pharrell, and Taylor Swift on the phone...someone who has the power to coordinate an event like this by August, September or October of 2020 -- right before Americans vote in the in the general election. 

The timing of the concert is key. Even though white supremacy is global, Americans are seeing more elected officials, including the President of the United States, making racist comments and suggesting there are "very fine" neo-Nazis. Immigrant families are being ripped apart and caged simply because they're seeking asylum.  

Donald Trump recently said to Jews, "In my opinion, you vote for a Democrat, you're being very disloyal to Jewish people, and you're being very disloyal to Israel." He also told us just yesterday that he’s the “chosen one.”  

With each passing day, Americans feel more and more helpless. We need a serious injection of hope and love to feed our souls, to keep us motivated, and to fight racism and white supremacy. A modern-day Live Aid concert featuring beloved musicians would be a great way to inject much-needed hope and unity into the American electorate as well as people around the world.  

Considering the particularly corrosive and frustrating period of late, when issues of hate, white supremacy, xenophobia, and violence are being pushed to center stage on a daily basis, I’m reminded of the cultural impact of events like 1985’s Live Aid and USA for Africa (“We Are the World”), as well as A Concert for Life which raised money for AIDS in 1992. All were joyous musical events that sparked awareness and activism on a global scale and raised staggering amounts of money.  

Certainly, here in the U.S., we’re in desperate need of hope, of reminders of the civic solidarity that seems to be lost in this era of vitriol, so what better time to organize a modern-day version of those inspiring, plate-shifting, call-to-compassion mega-concerts? Thematic titles come to mind, along the lines of: “Repudiate Hate: America Cares,” or, to open it up more internationally: “Repudiate Hate, Spark Love – a Global Call to Compassion.”    

Maybe there’s someone out there who knows a promoter, or Mick Jagger...just a thought.    

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