Black men are being killed by white police officers with sickening frequency. Despite the claims of certain conservative media figures and police apologists, these killings are racial. To take but one example, within weeks of learning the John Crawford was shot for walking around a Wal Mart with a toy gun (and not pointing it at anyone) we hear the story of a drunk white man in Kalamazoo who was carrying a gun in the street. Instead of drawing and firing, a dozen police officers patiently talked this man into putting down his weapon.
This music is about the white cops who react first, taking a life, and too often get away with it. It’s about the anger and frustration that I feel when hearing these stories. These stories are not isolated incidents and it’s frustrating that the reaction is not universal outrage. The police are supposed to protect us. Instead they’re perpetrating violence on a segment of our population, creating an atmosphere of fear and anger. I don’t know what else to do or what else to say, so I made this music.