Eric Clapton ashamed of racist remarks

Music 16/01/2018

A new documentary on the life and career of Eric Clapton has made the musician revisit his past including some moments he's not too proud of.

The  Daily Mail reports that Clapton sat for a Q&A session after a London screening of new doco Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars. 

Talked about in the doco but not shown is the infamous racist outburst Clapton unleashed during a 1976 concert in Birmingham, England, when he expressed support for white nationalist politician Enoch Powell and warned that Britain was becoming a 'black colony'.

"I think Enoch’s right, I think we should send them all back. Stop Britain from becoming a black colony. Get the foreigners out," Clapton said from the stage. "England is for white people, man. We are a white country. ... This is Great Britain, a white country. What is happening to us, for f---’s sake?"

Claptons racist comments helped form the Rock Against Racism movement and since the incident he's repeatedly been asked about it and has put it down to being out of his mind on drugs and alcohol.

"I sabotaged everything I got involved with," Clapton's quoted as saying. "I was so ashamed of who I was, a kind of semi-racist, which didn’t make sense. Half of my friends were black, I dated a black woman, and I championed black music."