Wale puts a spin on racial inequalities in the cinematic music video for “Sue Me.” The short film, co-written and directed by Pyer Moss creator, Kerby Jean-Raymond, takes place in a world where whites are marginalized.
The eight-minute visual starring Golden Globe nominated actor, Lucas Hedges, hits the right notes in depicting racial role reversal: images of Black Jesus adorn the walls of a white household, a container of Quaker Oats becomes “Melanin Oats,” police racially profile a group of whites gathering at a local Starbucks, and a newspaper questions if America is “Ready for a White President.”
While the story concept offers lots of thought provoking images to dissect, towards the end of the short film, things switch back to reality, and a black inmate wearing a face mask becomes the center of the story.
With his cell phone in hand, the inmate gives first-person insight into jail conditions amid the coronavirus outbreak, and his effort to remain healthy while dead bodies pile up in a tent located on the prison yard. His closing statements serve as a commentary on capitalism, and the true cost of prison labor.
Watch the video below.