Shungudzo is a Zimbabwean-American artist/activist and “White Parents” comes as the third instalment ahead of her album “I’m not a mother, but I have children” – out this June. The track is about fetishizing a person of colour, particularly, having relations with someone based on their skin colour or race – treating them as a prize or simply a hobby – the track for anyone who has been described as “exotic” or treated like a sexual box to tick.
While many songs by female artists embrace being desired by the masses, “White parents” does the opposite and calls out anyone who treats dating a person of colour as a prize or simply a hobby.
Speaking on the track, Shungudzo explains; ““It’s for anyone who has been called “exotic” or treated like a sexual box to tick rather than like a human being.
It’s also a message to all of those box tickers, inspired by some of my ex lovers and their families, who were okay with giving me the girlfriend experience, but who also eventually made it very clear that, come marriage time, I would not be the one due to differences in race, nationality, religion or economic standing.”
Shungudzo makes the message of the song clear in the main line of the hook, singing, “You want to use me, until you’re finished, but you would never take me home to your White Parents.”