Mandisa was heartbroken to see the demonstrations of racial tension and hate taking place across the nation. Feeling pressed to say something artistically about this issue, she tells us how her sadness became the motivation for the song, "Bleed the Same".
Collaborating with TobyMac and Kirk Franklin, Mandisa has sent a message that the Church, and the culture at large, can embrace. In a recent interview in CCM Magazine, she speaks frankly about why she was personally very torn on the issue of racial violence....
It was Fourth Of July week 2016. On the fifth of July, there was a shooting of a black man by police. On the sixth of July, there was another shooting of a black man by police. And on the seventh of July, there was a shooting in Dallas of policemen by a black man. I just remember feeling like the world was falling apart.
I’m just going to put it out there… I am one of very few black women in contemporary Christian music, and I have black nephews and I have black brothers. One of my brothers is a police officer. Honestly, I didn’t know what to say in those moments. I knew I would offend somebody, no matter what I would say.
I did a lot of talking to God that week. I was scared to say something, and at the same time, I was concerned about my nephews and brothers. If they had gotten pulled-over by police, I wanted to make sure they said and did the right things so nothing would happen to them. And at the same time, I was concerned about my brother who’s a police officer—about his protection and safety.
I remember writing “Bleed The Same” that week because I really wanted a song that would help us to realize we look different on the outside, and that’s pretty much it. As believers in Christ, we should look different than the rest of the world when it comes to how we talk about things like this.