How rapper XXXTentacion is failing to stand up to racial hatred
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The fresh-faced teen rapper, XXXTentacion, or as he's formally known, Jasheh Dwayne Onfroy, has shaken the music world with his recent debut album, '17' in August of this year. Although, this piece isn't to talk about his new album. The 19-year-old has associated himself with a certain notoriety, having been charged with gun possession, robbery and most recently alleged battery of a pregnant woman. And now, advancing his controversial aura, XXXTentacion has attracted further criticism, this time as the rapper appears to lynch a small white child in the video for his single, 'Look At Me!'. This is, of course, a very sensitive subject. White mistreatment of black people has been rife for well over 400 years, with its roots in slave trade dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. The rapper has simply put an alternative twist on a scenario that could well have been. However, this is not to say propagation of the alternative is in any way right. 'Look At Me Now!' is a bold visual and lyrical statement. In it, Onfroy attempts to provoke a reaction concerning certain methods of murdering African-Americans in 19th and 20th centuries, namely lynching. Onfroy is pictured with two small children; one white, one black, in front of a theatre audience. The rapper proceeds to tie a noose around the white child's neck and shortly afterward, you are able to see the dangling feet of the child suspended in the air. Onfroy is obviously triggering something that far surpasses morbidity and pointless visual murder. Throughout the song, the rapper talks of inequality, division, and even racial schadenfreude.
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