Have you heard Macklemore new song White Privilege? If I were you I'd go check it out. People across the media have miss understood the song. I've seen the comment on YouTube some people are so arrogant! I think I am going to break it down for you guys:
Pulled into the parking lot parked it-zipped-up-my-parka joined the procession of marchers-in-my-head-like-is-this-awkward-should-i-even-be-here-marching
Macklemore participated in the November 2014 march in protest of the Michael Brown case, in which officer Darren Wilson was spared an indictment.
Does anyone remember Eric Garner? Back in 2014 he was chocked to death by a white police officer. Eric said I can't breathe 11 times until he lost
Macklemore sees the pain in his fellow man, yet is unsure, as a white man, how to express his feelings.
Artists like Post Malone and Iggy Azalea have been slammed for not reacting to the atrocities that are being committed by white police officers against black Americans.
On the other hand, Mac Miller has been very vocal about the movement, asking:
Dear white people who listen to rap music: What have you done for the #BlackLivesMatter movement?
Macklemore wonders: Is he on the inside, watching black people rally against white people just like himself? Or is he just a bystander in the process, despite his hip hop roots, can he ever fully understand or connect with what his friends are going through?
The #BlackLivesMatter movement began in 2013 with a hashtag protesting against the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin.
Since that incident, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, and Walter Scott have all been killed at the hands of white police officers.
Young black men were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by police officers in 2015
This is a staggering statistic. The majority of these killings are done by white police officers. As recently as January 2016, a white cop told drivers to “run over” #BlackLivesMatter protesters.
These lines point out that power and authority is what separates Macklemore from the line of police. They also bring up the topic of police militarization and how it is becoming a bigger issue within society, especially the increasing separation between the general masses and police.
The phrase “a gun with gloves and hands that gives an alibi” represents how on the one side, police are cold and emotionless when they are shooting down unarmed teenagers (Michael Brown), but are suddenly begging forgiveness with “hands that gives an alibi”.
The most typical police gun is the Glock 9-millimeter, so this is an obvious reference to the police.
In 2015, Police have been responsible for 377 civilian killings. Recently the shooting of black child Tamir Rice made worldwide headlines.
This hook, a mash-up of several chants commonly heard at #BlackLivesMatter and related protests, encapsulates the world in which many people feel that we are living. It seems that almost every week there’s a new horrific event taking place, whether it be due to race differences, cultural differences, or something else. This song makes many allusions to the Mike Brown killing, which Macklemore has voiced his opinion on in the past.
Macklemore second-guesses whether he, a white man benefitting from white privilege, has the right to attend and participate in the rally. There is also probably an element of discomfort and dysphoria (i.e. the first verse, “on the outside looking in”).
Macklemore’s real name is Benjamin Haggarty, hence the “Ben.”
The intermingled voices are actually Macklemore arguing with himself.
This idea of someone having a self-conflicting attitude can also be seen in the lyrics of fellow rapper and racial-injustice protester Kendrick Lamar
Wow. — 'Black Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter.' — You should not have done that. Why the fuck would you do that? — You always react. Just let it go, man. — White racist. — It's the Grammys!"
Macklemore felt that Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city was more deserving. He even texted Kendrick an apology:
It’s weird and sucks that I robbed you. I was gonna say that during the speech. Then the music started playing during my speech, and I froze. Anyway, you know what it is. Congrats on this year and your music. Appreciate you as an artist and as a friend. Much love.
Some credited him for being conscientious, while others thought he was trying to have it both ways or position himself as a savior.