A rap video from rapper Joyner Lucas has the whole world talking.
Since its release on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, it has racked up 2.5 million views on YouTube. These are not bad numbers for an underground rapper.
Titled ‘I’m Not A Racist‘, the video is no-hold-barred, honest and blunt take on racial stereotypes in America.
In the first verse, Joyner Lucas takes on the role of a white man in middle America who brazenly speaks to an African-American about the laziness of his race.
“With all due respect
I don’t have pity for you black niggas, that’s the way I feel
Screamin’ “Black Lives Matter”
All the black guys rather be deadbeats than pay your bills
Yellin’ “Nigga this” and “Nigga that”
Call everybody “Nigga” and get a nigga mad
As soon as I say “Nigga” then everyone react” raps Lucas in the first verse.
It is a charged-up and brutal portrayal of the mind of racist who believes in black stereotypes.
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In the second verse, Joyner Lucas portrays a black man who challenges the white man about the way he perceives his race.
“You don’t know what it’s like to mind your business
And get stopped by the cops and not know if you ’bout to die or not
You worry ’bout your life, so you take mine
I love you but I fuckin’ hate you at the same time
I wish we could trade shoes or we could change lives
So we could understand each other more but that’d take time” spits the rapper in the second verse.
While this is a jarring commentary on racism and stereotype in America, the aim of the song is to bring people from both races to have an honest discussion and find a middle ground.
At the end of the music video, the white man and African-American talk cordially to each other. They also hug it out.
The viral rap video has been mentioned by CNN describes the video as a “brutal race conversation nobody wants to have.“