As I’m watching “American Oxygen,” by Rihanna it suddenly stops, showing a static “error video playback” message, but then starts back again even louder this time; maybe it’s a sign for how powerful this song must be. After completing the video, I now know how powerful it is.
If you’re living in the United States, you know how hard it is to truly breath here. I’m not just saying literally, but emotionally, mentally and psychologically, it’s difficult to inhale the toxic fumes of hate and injustice that fills the air here on a daily basis. I almost feel myself becoming numb to the news although there’s always that surge of shock that goes through my system every time a young black man dies at the hands of the police. I commend Rihanna for making this song because it highlights the dire issues that have become America while also comparing the ones of the past. It shows that things have not changed too drastically within the past 50 years. “Every breath I breathe chasing that American Dream. We sweat for a nickel and a dime, turn it into an empire;” there’s so much truth to those lyrics. Breathe in “American Oxygen,” below.