Great Job, Internet!: Light a candle and commemorate 10 years of “Chocolate Rain”

April 2007. America teeters on the edge of financial collapse, as the subprime mortgage crisis looms. On April 16, a gunman opens fire on the campus of Virginia Tech, killing 32 and wounding 17 in the then-deadliest mass shooting on U.S. soil. Only two days later, a series of bombings across Baghdad claims the lives of nearly 200 people, injuring hundreds more. On April 20, earthquakes ripple through Japan and Chile. Amid this miasma of death, simmering tensions, and apocalyptic portent, an uneasy nation’s eyes wearily turn to YouTube. And it is there, on April 22, they take solace in a 25-year-old kid with a really deep voice singing about chocolate rain.

It’s been 10 years since Tay Zonday (real name Adam Nyerere Bahner) first uploaded “Chocolate Rain,” a song whose 19-or-so verses, according to some interpretations, offer a searing indictment of institutionalized racism through impressionistic lyrics …

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