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Eminem, aka Slim Shady, aka Marshall Mathers, performed an a cappella diss to the President for the BET Awards. His performance rivaled that of his infamous beef with the Ja Rule/Murder Inc. Records camp. If you’ve never heard of it, just trust that it was a hip-hop showdown of epic proportions (imagine some of the more intense scenes in the hit movie 8 Mile).
Eminem always presents a heartfelt intensity in his lyrics and performances. He rarely (if ever) minces words for what’s on his heart and mind. And he is unapologetic about his convictions.
Slim - Shady - Body - Blows - Camera
So it was not shocking to see the real Slim Shady delivering lyrical body blows on camera. What was shocking was seeing and hearing him direct his anger and frustration at the executive office of the United States.
My white Christian brothers and sisters can learn how to fight injustice from Eminem’s performance.
Phenomenon - Michael - Jackson - Public - Enemy
This is not a new phenomenon. Michael Jackson, Public Enemy, NWA, and Nina Simone have all penned songs that communicated their frustrations with the government’s inaction and injustice.
But Eminem’s a cappella freestyle—titled “The Storm”—was unique for its ability to broadly capture his passions, frustrations, and the innate awareness of his race to communicate his hope. The vulgarities in his freestyle expressed what many African Americans feel. His tone commanded everyone’s attention. And his body language kept the listener engaged, questioning and anticipating every movement for what he would say next.
Governments - Figures - Brothers - Injustice - Eminem
While I do not condone willfully disrespecting governments nor governmental figures, white people—particularly my white Christian brothers and sisters—can learn how to fight injustice from Eminem’s performance.
First of all, don’t be afraid to say something. The inability and unwillingness to speak is translated as compliance and agreement with the divisive and hurtful comments, legislation, and actions of our historically unjust culture.
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