Hello, Like most of us who are in cover bands ( or any band for that matter ) we are always looking to get better paying and higher profile gigs. Our band leader is very good at booking gigs and keeps our schedule pretty full, and is always looking into ways to improve this, which I am grateful for. Our band government is a little bizarre, It goes from democratic to dictatorship, so the BL never claims to be the BL, but he put the band together and if he feels strongly enough about something, or gets fixated on something, he will just do it and thats it, luckily I have been friends with him all my life and understand him, other wise I don't think I would put up with. LOL So he has been talking with this other band leader who's band is more successful then us, and he said," We need to get a black guy in the band, that would help us get the better gigs we are after" our current line up is a 4 piece band 3 guys and a female singer, We are all white. I realize we are in the entertainment business and image is a big part of what we do, and if you look at businesses like Hooters or Mary Lou's they use sex for their image, but I have a problem using race as an image, it's like going back to day's when performers,would perform in blackface, and the BL just can't see this and his only come back is that the other band is getting these great gigs and he told us that what we need to do it. My other problem is now we would have to split our pay 5 ways instead of 4, and its not like we are hiring someone who is going to help our sound,like a keyboard player or any other instrument. Do you think I am being overly sensitive to this ? Knowing that the other guy was hired just because he is black ( BL, said," He would be able to do those blue notes in the back ground and do all the rapping stuff ") would make me feel, uncomfortable, guilty and like a racist. At a show last weekend, there was this guy, young, good looking, good dancer , oh and black, during one of our brakes the BL actually took him aside talked to him and auditioned his singing, to his surprise the guy could not sing for poopie! *** !!!! IDK, maybe I am the real racist, I have preconceived ideas about different races, but I know they are incorrect, so I ignore them and don't act on them, and judge people on their own merits, I have seen white people who are great dancers and black people who can't dance for poopie. What are your thoughts about this ?