A top rapper just got some bad news from his new landlord – get out. It seems Chicago based rapper Vic Mensa has a non-profit to help Chicago’s disadvantaged kids and was moving into a new building.
All was going well until the new landlord happened to do a little diligence on Vic and watched his new video – Camp America.
The video shows white children in cages trying to make a point about the immigration crisis we have at the border. The landlord was disgusted and gave them the boot.
It seems the only crisis the guy created is for his employees because they will be looking for a new home.
From Block Club:
A nonprofit organization for Chicago kids run by rapper Vic Mensa may be booted from its office space after a landlord saw Mensa’s music video that confronted racism in the criminal justice system.
The Save Money, Save Life Foundation was told to cancel its lease on its new Little Village office space or face a difficult road ahead after the landlord was “appalled” by Mensa’s music video, according to Laundi Keepseagle, the nonprofit’s executive director.
Keepseagle said she and other members of the group arrived to pick up keys to their new office and unload two trucks of items at 3022 W. Cermak Road in Little Village Tuesday. But instead of leaving with a pair of keys, Keepseagle said their landlord, who owns other properties around the neighborhood, told them he was “absolutely disgusted” by Mensa’s “Camp America” music video.
The landlord said the video, which depicted white children being held in cages and drinking from toilets — conditions faced by immigrants being held at border facilities — was “disgusting” and “discriminatory” toward white people, Keepseagle alleged.
During the argument in a parking lot next to the building, Keepseagle attempted to explain the point of the video: No children should not be subjected to these conditions, no matter their race.
“The reason why white children are depicted in the video is because America is turning a blind eye that these are children of color,” Keepseagle said.
The landlord did not return a request for comment.
Keepseagle called the incident a “prime example of a system of gentrification, where landlords are able to hold power over minority tenants, and make threats.”
Mensa’s “Camp America” music video released last month features white children in cages wearing orange jumpsuits. The video shows kids dancing, but also depict children being preyed upon and drinking water from toilets. It ends with a message stating: “There are over 13,000 immigrant children in U.S. custody today. What if it was your kid?”
Instead of engaging in a conversation about the message around the video, Keepseagle said the landlord told them repeatedly that he was “disgusted” and that he couldn’t see how the organization could do “any good work if this is the type of thing Vic Mensa is doing.”