14 years ago, during the administration of George W. Bush, P!nk dropped “Dear Mr. President“. 14 years later, Kiana Ledé still shares the same sentiment.
The lyrics of the song is inspired by the murder of George Floyd by some officers of the Minnesota Police Department. With a craving to perfectly understand the position of ‘Mr. President’, she throws, without mincing words, direct questions.
“Dear Mr. President come take a walk with me.Let’s pretend we’re just two people andYou’re not better than meI’d like to ask you some questions if we can speak honestly”
“How do you sleep while the rest of us cryHow do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbyeHow do you walk with your head held highCan you even look me in the eyeAnd tell me why”
The music video opens on a crowd, chanting “No justice, No Peace”, holding all manner of placards. Throughout the video, scenes of protests, violent and non-violent, are captured with snippets of speeches of notable individuals such as former U.S President – Barack Obama, Star Wars Actor John Boyega and others.
Kiana Ledé speaks on her motivation to do a cover of the original track:
“Through all the crying and pleading, all the protesting and donating, I wanted to do something that is therapeutic for me–singing. I came across the song ‘Dear Mr. President’ by P!nk and realized so many of the lyrics are still relevant today.”
Also, according to her, all the proceeds from the Michael Woods-produced cover goes to NAACP Empowerment Programs.
Watch visuals of Dear Mr. President below.