Leon Bridges confronts systemic racism in new single, 'Sweeter'
Leon Bridges is “hoping for a life more sweeter” in a newly-released single that addresses the repetitive pattern of racial injustice that has claimed the lives of black individuals across the nation. A minimalistic drum beat provides an unimposing backdrop for Bridges’ lyrical contemplation on the number.
“The death of George Floyd was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. It was the first time I wept for a man I never met. I am George Floyd, my brothers are George Floyd, and my sisters are George Floyd. I cannot and will not be silent any longer.”
“…I’m just a story repeating/Why do I fear with skin dark as night/Can’t feel peace with those judging eyes,” Bridges sings. Bridges is not the sole entity confronting systemic racism on “Sweeter,” which features the vocals of Terrance Martin.