Skunk Anansie’s Skin has said that ‘racism has grown’ since 2016, when Donald Trump was elected and the UK voted to leave the EU.
The singer – real name Deborah Anne Dyer – also opened up on the ‘vital’ Black Lives Matter movement.
The 53-year-old told Classic Rock magazine: ‘Black Lives Matter is really important, because there’s been an air, when black people talk about racism, they kind of get shoved to the side.
‘No one really wanted to talk about it. And now it’s put it right smack front and center in front of people’s faces.
‘It’s really vital that people put this at the forefront of conversation, because racism and anti-semitism have been getting worse and worse over the last few years.
‘If you’re not the one being persecuted, it’s very easy to step aside and not get involved.’
The rocker has previously been open about the racism she’s faced, saying she suffered more backlash than Jay Z when she headlined Glastonbury.
She was the first Black British headliner of the music festival, and has recalled the experience as ‘one of the best moments of her life’.
Speaking on Edith Bowman’s Play Next podcast, Skin explained the criticism she received for performing at the event, saying it was ‘double’ what Jay Z faced when he took top billing in 2008.
‘So we really did walk on that stage feeling like we had something to prove,’ she said.
‘But those Glastonbury audiences, they went off, and it was like I was the match and there was a field full of gunpowder. It was one of the best moments in my life.
‘It didn’t even occur to me that I was the first British Black woman to headline Glastonbury, it wasn’t kind of cool to talk about it in those days, it wasn’t something that people wanted to hear.
‘Now it’s wonderful because obviously we can say that. I think that things are changing, they’re changing slowly, but we’re moving on. Different times.’
Skin, who recently let slip that she got engaged in lockdown, is best known for fronting the rock band, and has also had a successful solo career.
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