This week I have a special episode based around the tenets of anti racism and protest that are core to the ideology behind ska and punk music. Not to delve too far into the history of ska but the music is rooted in the protest of oppression in Jamaica and that carried into the second wave as working class British from both the black and white communities banded together to battle against unfair labor practices, right wing governmental policies and a rising Neo nazi movement. As two tone Brought elements of ska into punk, this inspired a new generation of musicians in America in the late 80’s into the 90’s as racial tensions rose and many bands that founded the third wave movement drew on the anti-racist agenda of their forerunners.
As a white person, it’s been difficult to know what to say and do in the current crisis in our country. From a personal angle, I’ve always found it best to listen to those around me who are expressing what they feel needs to be done. In that spirit, I will be playing all songs dealing with anti-racist and anti-authoritarian themes and they will be from bands of black, multicultural and multiracial backgrounds. I’d like to let the music speak for itself today so I will not be cutting in with the normal talk breaks. Remember to listen, really hear, those around us telling us what needs to change. We all deserve dignity and safety and the freedom to pursue what we believe in. I’ll leave some relevant links in the show notes if you’re looking for a way to contribute to meaningful causes around the country and in our local Bay Area community. Thanks for listening and be sure to visit bff.fm/donate if you’d like to contribute to the station which is a vital resource in our music community and supports many bands, DJ’s and artists of color. Black Lives Matter. Thanks! Enjoy the tunes!