They say it’ll give you chills.
Usher’s recent unorthodox performance of his new song “Chains”—during which he appeared on stage in handcuffs—was meant to shock.
It was supposed to shed light on police brutality, largely against the African American community.
His music video (complete with interactive facial recognition that stops the video when you look away) shows a parade of people who died as a result of police, while the words “we still in chains” plays over and over.
The video challenges you to look in the eyes of each victim, and read their stories (though brief and largely void of detail). It constructs a grim picture—and warns the listeners that “revolution is coming.”
It hurts to lose a loved one, especially a child. I have a child, and cannot even tolerate the mere thought of losing her.
I can’t even begin to imagine the torturous pain. And I’m certainly not going to pretend that I can.
Each and every life is precious, and each loss of life is tragic.
But let me be blunt:
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