A white Trump supporter and a young black man have a tense conversation in the chilling video for Joyner Lucas‘ video “I’m not racist”.
Massachussetts rapper Joyner Lucas must have known he’d touch a nerve when he wrote the lyrics to his single “I’m not racist”. The lyricist chose to play both sides as he raps from the perspective of a white Trump supporter then as himself.
2 million views on YouTube in less than 48 hours
The brutal conversation between the two is illustrated in a simple but chilling video where both protagonists empty their bags face to face. Each one of them present their vision of the country to the other one, stating their own truth and whole lot of stereotypes. On one hand, the angry bearded white man starts by saying “I work my ass off and I pay my taxes for what? So you can keep livin’ off free government assistance?“. On the other hand, the black man replies and tries to educate him on white privilege, systemic racism and cultural appropriation.
Although they both hug at the end of the video which closes on a message of hope, this track reminds us all that we still have a long way to go. It has also reached more 2 million views on YouTube in only two days. You can catch the lyrics on Genius.