Musician and ethnomusicologist Kat Danser also uses her considerable expertise to help black musicians in the American South protect the rights to their own music.
Fresh from performing in northern Mississippi in 2015, blues artist Kat Danser was cruising down the highway with her African-American friend when she was pulled over by the state police.
In true Canadian fashion, she apologized immediately before asking what she’d done wrong. The officer claimed that in DeSoto County, it was still illegal for a black man and white woman to ride alone together in a car, said Danser.
She was fined $113 for the transgression. Incredulous that such a law still existed—a holdover from the racist Jim Crow laws of almost a century ago—she filed a complaint with the county and is still waiting for a response. It’s only one example of the pervasive racism she’s often encountered in her travels in the American South as a professional blues musician and ethnomusicologist.
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