In T.I.’s latest video, “War Zone,” he tackles head on the issue of police brutality and how race plays a huge factor in who is targeted, and who is not. The interesting thing about this video, is the unique perspective that it is captured from. Instead of representing black people as the victims, it shows them in a role of power, while white people are subjected to being targeted because of their skin tone. It is a definite role reversal, from what we typically see covered by popular news site’s, and far from the reality of what most if not all black people experience on a consistent basis.
When you watch this video, I want you to take it for more than what it appears to be on the surface. From what I gather this is not a threat to white people, but it is a message saying “How would you feel if this happened to you constantly?”
In this video, T.I. reenacts the tragic fates of Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, and Philando Castile, with white men as the victims and black police officers as the aggressors to hopefully evoke a reaction of change for those who watch the video.
As the song comes to an end, listeners are able to hear a recording of the famous lecture hosted by Jane Elliott on the “Anti-Racism Experiment,” asking every white person in the room if they wanted to be treated like black person in our society, to stand up.
What are your thoughts on this video? What do you feel can be done to create affective change on this issue?