Eric Clapton Whitesplains His Racism. He Even Had a Black Girlfriend
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I had no idea that Eric Clapton was once an avowed (rather than
a plain ole complicit) racist.
In fact, I thought all those soulful white singers/rock n’
rollers from England loved black men, especially those
that gave birth to their beloved (and quite fruitful—especially
for white men) rock music.
But uh, not Eric Clapton.
The legendary guitarist must’ve fell into the
“loves-black-culture-but-not-black-people” trope (even if said
people literally gave you the music you play.)
the Daily Beast reported that Clapton was at a Q&A
after his biographical documentary Eric Clapton: Life in 12
Bars, aired. The film showed footage of Clapton chanting
racial slurs such as “coons” and “wogs” (short
for Golliwogs) and saying “England is for white people” at
a 1976 concert in the British city of Birmingham. (I guess all
Birminghams are not so great on the race relations thing).
In the video Clapton jumped behind racist Tory MP Enoch Powell,
and declared that Britain must stop itself from becoming a
“I don’t want you here, in the room or in my country,”
Clapton declared. “Listen to me, man! I think we should vote
for Enoch Powell. Enoch’s our man. I think Enoch’s right, I
think we should send them all back. Stop Britain from
becoming a black colony. Get the foreigners out. Get the wogs
out. Get the coons out. Keep Britain white. I used to be into
dope, now I’m into racism. It’s much heavier, man. Fucking
wogs, man. Fucking Saudis taking over London. Bastard wogs.
Britain is becoming overcrowded and Enoch will stop it and
send them all back. The black wogs and coons and Arabs and
fucking Jamaicans and fucking… don’t belong here, we don’t
want them here. This is England, this is a white country, we
don’t want any black wogs and coons living here. We need to
make clear to them they are not welcome. England is for white
people, man. We are a white country. I don’t want fucking
wogs living next to me with their standards. This is Great
Britain, a white country. What is happening to us, for fuck’s
Clapton has apologized over the years, saying it was his heavy
drug and alcohol addictions that spurned his racist diatribe.
He also said he kinda likes black people!
“I was so ashamed of who I was, a kind of semi-racist, which
didn’t make sense. Half of my friends were black, I dated a
black woman, and I championed black music,” said Clapton.
The three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
know, the form of music the black people created), truly
proves the point that the “I have black friends” thing might
not make whites as anti-racist as they think. We, of course,
And maybe he does too.