Deaths of Tamir Rice and other victims of police brutality are recreated in the new clip for 'Warzone' song.
“The new racism is to deny that racism exists,” Black-American acclaimed rapper says. T.I.’s new music video tells the stories of the victims of police brutality.
One of America’s best rappers, T.I., has also added his voice to the call to end police misconduct and abuse towards Black people. The African-American rapper took a drift off his usual music videos to relay his powerful message to the authorities.
‘War Zone,’ the title of the new music video reenacts the sad deaths of Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, and Philando Castile. A trailer of the video clip was released on the 8th of September on TIDAL.
T.I. explained how he came up with such a great idea, he said, “The first thing that [director Laurel Richardson and I] wanted to do was make sure that it was powerful enough to create the type of dialogue necessary to inspire some form of change.” The rapper went on to add that “We just kind of tossed it around and we came up with re-enacting the events and then he came up with the idea of the role reversals.”
The Black rapper also talked about how white supremacy is now being practiced in different ways in America. He said, “White supremacy [used to be] in the forefront of America’s sights and thoughts. You knew where you stood, what position you held in this country, good bad or indifferent. Now, it is covertly done … through the judicial system, the financial system, the educational system and some may even say through medicine.”
The ‘War Zone’ video ends with a quote of caution which states that “The new racism is to deny that racism exists.”
Music is a powerful tool of communication, hence it is laudable that the celebrated Black rapper has joined the call for equality and justice in America. It’s also great that people like T. I. address the urgent problems of the society and provide the others with the texts they can chant marching at the protests, demanding justice for Black people.