In the age of Obama we still don’t live in a post racial society. The idea of a post-racial society in which race is no longer significant or important is still a dream for most of us. In today’s society, racism still exists in forms ranging from racial discrimination and hatred to dating, sex, and job equality. For about the past five decades, music has been a way to break racial barriers. A visual can be interpreted in so many ways. I love when an artist uses their creative ideas to film a visual.
Singer Lana Del Rey fired up the Internet, yesterday, Wednesday (June 27) when she released her “National Anthem” visual starring A$AP Rocky. According to Necole Bitchie, “In the video, Lana takes on the role as JFK’s mistress Marilyn Monroe who sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to the president. As the video continues, she plays Jackie O, while A$AP takes on the role as a modern-day John F. Kennedy. The 7 minute video details their time together all the way up until that fateful day in Dallas when JFK was shot.”
After reviewing this visual a few times, it is my opinion that they are trying to make a statement about interracial dating and how it made people uncomfortable and was indeed controversial during that. What most may not know is that certain jurisdictions, including the United States banned interracial marriage prior to a 1967 Supreme Court decision that deemed anti- miscegenation laws unconstitutional. After the Supreme Court decision, many states legalized interracial marriage in the United States. Watch the visual below and tell me what you think about it.
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