The national upheaval since grand jury decisions not to prosecute police officers over deaths in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York has reached Shaolin. Wu-Tang Clan‘s video for the title track of new album A Better Tomorrow collects footage of marching protesters, Michael Brown’s funeral and burning cars to drive home the lyrics’ political themes. Speeches by President Barack Obama are also interspersed within, as are images of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.
The clip arrives as the music community continues to grapple with how to participate in the debate; Stevie Wonder recently weighed in on the deaths of Brown and Eric Garner, the Roots’ Questlove called for more protest songs and John Legend teamed up with Common for a song linking the Ferguson protests to Selma. Too soon to put an eighth item on our list of 7 Wu-Tang Things in 2014 Better than A Better Tomorrow?