Big Love by Black Eye Peas

If you have been in the music scene for some time you are probably aware of or familiar with the Black Eye Peas. One of their songs “Where is the love” released in June 2003 as the lead single from their third album, Elephunk was everywhere. The song peaked at number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts in Australia, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. The song asks a simple question – Where is the love?

Not sure if you have seen the new video by the Black Eye Peas entitled Big Love – but I think that it begins to answer the previous question asked in 2003. The video for this song is very interesting and poignant. Before the video plays the view gets a warning.

What you are about to see is hard to watch. But this is the point of this film. It should be hard to watch. But imagine having to live through it. No kid should live through what you are about to see.

The video opens up in school as one male student is talking to a girl and another male student walks in and puts his arm around the female student and walks away with her. The first male student is seen in the background getting upset. As you might already guess, this student brings in a firearm into the school and seeks revenge killing the other boy and begins a shooting spree inside the school. This part of the video ends at a church as students and adults are mourning the loss of life.

The song then starts to play again and the scene changes. This time we find ourselves in a tunnel with a group of undocumented migrants including families and children. All of a sudden immigration officials run in with guns out arresting everyone. This scene continues outside where once again there is a raid while families are resting in the desert and some kids and adults manage to get away. The children that were caught are separated from their parents, placed in a bus and carted away to a facility where they are given prison garb and locked in cages.

At first, you might think that these two scenarios are totally different but as each one plays out we see how each one has the same elements and how in each scenario the ones that are affected the most are the children. The video ends with this text –

They take kids away from their parents, but they don’t take guns away from kids. Speak up for those who can’t. Vote.

Below is the video. Let me know what you think.

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