Power in the Face of Adversity: "Battlecry" by Jordan Mackampa
"I won’t stay silent,
Even without air in my lungs
I’ll stand my ground
And I won’t run from the guns"
Where’s the Meaning?
In his breakout song, Jordan Mackampa delivers on an empowering beat, coupled with defiant lyrics that underscore with deft and tact the title of his song, “Battlecry”. In his words, “Battlecry” is meant to be a ‘reflection of the times’, a poignant reminder that despite the progress that has been made in race relations over time, there are still many blatant injustices that are deeply rooted in the moral fabric of our society. “Battlecry” echoes the sentiments of social justice leaders of the past, noting that the we must stand resolute in the face of adversity, and never give in to the systems of subjugation that seek to quell the rights and freedoms inherent to mankind.
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this song comes after digging a little deeper and thinking on the reason for the title and the power of the word, Battlecry. As of late, civil discourse has been quick to juxtapose groups around the issues of race, resulting in a false moral equivalence. Take the events in Charlottesville as an example where there were two groups, white nationalists and civically engage protesters, protesting the statues of Confederate leaders. National discourse has been apt to point out the shared trait between these groups, re: Confederate leaders, and with this as the shared trait, the dialogue has assumed a natural equivalence in analyzing the rationales of both groups, but for obvious reasons the intent that lies at the core of these separate group’s philosophies are not logically or morally equivalent. There is a moral difference between groups that protest against discrimination and for the advancement of inalienable rights and groups that protest for the preservation of the interests and power status, while both may well be labeled ‘protesters’ around a common trait ‘Confederate leaders’, beware of a false equivalence lurking.
The power and the emotion that the word Battlecry conjures up, is to evoke an archaic voice, one that has been echoed throughout the annals of history, noting that the fight for racial equality and justice is far from over, ‘cause time is of the essence and freedom’s within our sight.’
- Does the discourse of false equivalence skew your perception of social events?
- How can we shift the narrative to become more representative of the moral weight attributed to various social groups?
- Should we point out the false equivalence biases in people’s opinions or institutions practices?
- What is the difference between inalienable rights and group interests?
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