This video is a visual interpretation of the song, ‘N----r Lover,’ by Florida singer-songwriter Grant Peeples, who is also featured in the video. It is based on real events in the singer’s life, growing up in Tallahassee in the sixties. In response to integration, a ‘white flight’ private school was established in the capitol city. Though his father was a prominent lawyer, his family elected to stay with the integrated public school. Peeples made friends with the black students there, and was taunted by other white classmates with the name which is the title and refrain of the song.
The song created controversy at its release in 2012, much in the same way as the recent controversy over President Obama’s use of the ‘n’ word during an interview. Those who criticized the song did not listen to its message, but rather reacted strongly to the use of the word. If one listens to the message of the song, it is clear that Peeples addresses not only the hatred expressed in racial prejudice, but also suggests that racial prejudice is only one outcome of the ideology of right-wing conservative extremists.
Mr. Peeples asked me to create a music video of the song, and participated in its creation and production. I shot the film of Mr. Peeples and I also drew content from online media outlets.