Independent singer Allen Watty has just taken controversy to another level. Watty is best known as the singer of the “Hurricane Song,” which won rave national reviews from ABC News, MSNBC.com, and CNN.
Now, he’s back with another tune called “Sometimes I Wish I Was White.” In the song, Watty reveals that he’s not at all ashamed of being Black — but that he has learned that you have to be white to be treated 100% equally.
Producer and songwriter Irvin Lee, comments, “First off, we have no self- hatred issues. The purpose of this song is not to say that Blacks should want to be white. Rather, the intent is to make people think and converse about the continuous mistreatment of Blacks in this country.”
He continues, “The song portrays the common frustration that many African Americans have when it comes to injustice. As mind-blowing and as absurd as it sounds, in the world that we live in, you have to entertain the concept of being white in order to experience true equality. So, our song is not controversial; the concept of a person having to be white to be treated right is controversial. When we wrote this song, we knew the phrase ‘I Wish I Was White’ would stir up emotions, and this was intentional to get people to open some new doors of communication.”
After hearing the song, many will indeed conclude that the lyrics in the song suggests that Watty has self-hatred issues. Whatever direction the discussion goes, it will all boil back to one thing; Why are we still being forced to have these discussions surrounding race? Ultimately, what will the outcome be and how will it all be resolved, if at all?
Singer Allen Watty and producer Irvin Lee are doing what they do best — pricking the sensibilities of the American people. And with this tune, they are certain to prick the sensibilities of the Black community especially.
To hear and/or download the songs for free, visit: www.AllenWatty.com