The state's apparent sanctioning of violence against black people and other people of color is a heavy load to bare, especially when a person's just trying to get through the day. Dev Hynes explores that tension in his latest music video, "Sandra's Smile."
In the clip, Hynes—performing under the name Blood Orange—details the difficulty of navigating his normal, everyday routine when thoughts of Sandra Bland and other victims of police violence drive him to retreat from the world around him. He sings:
Can you see it in my face?
Had enough for today
Hard for me to stay in place
Unless I force myself awake
He also references a recent New York magazine interview with Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother, who said that she "will never forget" her son's death and that she has "not forgiven" George Zimmerman for shooting the unarmed 17-year-old.
Pitchfork reports that Hynes directed the video himself. The clip also features cameos by members of New York dance group Waffle Crew, singer-songwriter and Hood by Air muse Ian Isiah, and Brooklyn-born rapper Junglepussy (please go listen to her 2014 debut Satisfaction Guaranteed if you haven't yet).
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