During the Civil Rights movement of the 20th century, protestors joined together and sang “We Shall Overcome.” As the 21st century’s Civil Rights movement unfolds, the rallying cry of choice might well be “We gon’ be alright.” Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly single “Alright” directly addresses the trend of white police killing unarmed black civilians, a theme amplified by his BET Awards performance and the song’s official video, much to Geraldo Rivera’s dismay. So he must be heartened to see the Black Lives Matter protestors in Cleveland responding to alleged police harassment by chanting the “Alright” hook. Fader points out this message from the YouTube description:
Today after the ending of the convening as everyone was walking down the street CPD arrested a 14 yr old. While everyone was demanding his release an officer pepper sprayed the crowd and further escalated the situation. In unity and solidarity everyone was demanding that he be released, and we stayed and protested until they released him!
Behold the birth of a new kind of spiritual.