Pharrell has written an essay on racism in America as part of a project called The New American Revolution for Time Magazine. In addition to his own essay, the hitmaker worked with the publication to commission a series of conversations and essays from people like Yara Shahidi, Tyler the Creator, Kenya Barris, Angela Davis, Imara Jones, and Naomi Osaka.
In the essay entitled, “America’s Past and Present Are Racist. We Deserve a Black Future,” he wrote, “Amid so much injury, how do we begin to heal? Given this country’s inescapable legacy, I wondered if it was even possible to convince people that — even if we cannot escape it — we can overcome our past.” He stressed that the “only way to guarantee life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” is to ensure “that every citizen has the same opportunity to succeed and flourish — regardless of class, gender or skin color.”