Fil-Am Singer DOMINIC FIKE Delays New Music Release To Speak Up Against Police Brutality
Singer Dominic Fike—who is of Filipino and African-American descent—opened up about his family's past experiences with the police in a social media post on June 9.
The 24-year-old artist, primarily known for his breakout hit "3 Nights", revealed that he has pushed back the release of the first song off his upcoming debut album in the midst of a global outcry against racial injustice and police brutality. He shared in a lengthy message, "My life has felt cursed since I was a little kid. I’ve watched police, the supposed good guys, beat my mom and take her away. I’ve had my brothers taken away. Aunts. Uncles. S***, my dad just got 20. It’s like they had a problem with my family. I’ve since realized the real curse is the system we live in is designed for us to lose, again and again."
He also brough to light his own experience with arrest for battery of an officer back in 2016. "I tried to defuse a situation with the police, and my younger brother, I interfered, and the cop made up a story to fit his actions," he explained. "I'm lucky I could do music, since no one will ever hire me. I can't tour in the UK. I can't go to so many places, because of a decision this a**hole made out of spite. None of these decisions were based on trying to help us, they wanted us to disappear."
He added, "It’s more than just a couple bad cops. Systemic racism and brute, abusive power are issues ingrained into this country but things can change. Over the last couple weeks, we’ve seen a spark and we have to act on it. This is a time for us to stand strong and demand justice for the innocent black lives being taken from us."
Before ending his message, Dominic promised to deliver new music "soon." Read the entirety of his message below: