Xxxtentacion has been the topic of conservation in the rap world for quite some time. He’s been in the news for legal disputes, to getting knocked out on stage, and plenty other shenanigans. He just released a new video for his latest single “Look at Me.” The song isn’t what everyone is talking about, it’s his controversial video. If you have not seen it or not aware of it here is a recap of it:
In the beginning, it shows rebellious teens. Then things go left, he mimics someone being hung to bring awareness to suicide. Towards the end, he speaks on issues plaguing people of color. Then the part that has upset everyone is, a black child hanging a white one. The last part has caused upset, for various reasons. Parents were outraged that someone let their child participate in the first place. Others displayed their true racist colors, while members of the KKK have already sent death threats.
People have the right to be mad, but some are mad for the wrong reasons. A lot of people missed the total point of this video. The point was to prove that mainstream America is so unconnected, unsympathetic , insensitive, or caring toward children of color losing their lives. When it is shown on TV it no longer bothers people. Whenever a person of color is killed publicly, that death is circulated on TV excessively. Yet, white victims aren’t shown that level of disrespect. It’s not the norm to see this for white victims.
This rapper, it could be suggested was trying to display the ugly truths that minorities face in the USA. It’s ingrained in minorities that they are subhuman, and will always have to work twice as hard to get ahead in life. He wanted to show the difference if the roles were reversed. Maybe even see how mad everyone would be when they realized it was a white child.
It could be argued, only half of the American population would admit that killing a child of color is wrong. The example I’ll use is Tamir Rice to prove that’s a factual statement, as his killer is still free. If people were so oblivious to race as they claim, Tamir and Trayvon would be alive. Once minority males hit their teen years then they are seen as men not as the kids that they are. White young adults get into trouble with the police, they are still classed and seen as kids, as well as treated that way. This makes absolutely no sense because the law states that once a person is eighteen they’re an adult, but it appears only in some cases and for some races.
Did X go about this video the wrong way? Opinions will differ, however he’s keeping the conversation going that needs to be had. About the fear that minority mothers have when their child leaves home, she prays they ‘ll make it back especially her son. In addition to reiterating the fact, people of color just want equality. Murdering anyone based on the color of their skin is wrong, period.
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