Alexandra Burke has publicly come out to describe her experiences of racism. It is astonishing to hear what she has been through, and it proves that more needs to change.
Furthermore, the X factor winner spoke in an Instagram video about what she has been through, including someone telling her that she would have to work ’10 times harder than an artist with white skin’. Wow, really? What on earth. How is this okay?
She also spoke about how many music professionals told her to ‘smile more on Instagram because otherwise, she will come across as aggressive to the audience’. It is heartbreaking to hear, especially given how talented she is as an artist. Why should anyone have to change their personality and character?
Moreover, the singer said, “The music industry is such a funny little place. I love singing, I love what I do, but if it weren’t for the love that I have for music I definitely wouldn’t be in this industry. I was told, ‘Right, because you are black, you are going to have to work ten times harder than a white artist, because of the colour of your skin. You can’t have braids, you can’t have an afro.’ You can’t have anything that basically is my identity. You have to have hair, for example, that appeals to white people so they can understand you better.” That was so hard to digest. I was told to bleach my skin, and that was something I refused to do.”
Overall, it is overwhelming to hear her words. In these times, we should all be accepting others regardless of skin colour. But, this is just one of the many stories we have heard in recent times. Therefore, change is a must and fast. Alexandra is also encouraging others to share their experiences and to not hold back with the truth.