Eminem Slams White Privilege and Racism on ‘Untouchable’
If you thought that Eminem lost his lyrical fire, guess again. On Friday (December 9), the Detroit rhymer released his second single, “Untouchable,” a blistering attack against white privilege, police brutality and institutional racism.
On the first half of the song, Em raps from the point of a view of a white boy who is untouchable while his black counterpart is constantly experiencing racial injustice.
“Throughout history, African-Americans have been treated like shit, and I admit there have been times where it’s been embarrassing to be a white boy,” he raps on the guitar-roaring track.
On the second half of the song, the beat switches up to skittering drums and plucking violins as Eminem raps from the perspective of an African-American while referencing Black Lives Matter, the death of Freddie Gray, and Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest.
"But they're gonna say you're tryin' to take an irrational stance / If you try to slander the flag but / Somebody has to be the sacrificial lamb / So they call it a Kaepernick tantrum / If you don't stand for the national anthem / We raise it, you better praise it / Or you'll be made to feel like a traitor, we'll Treat you like Rodney Dangerfield," he raps.
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Since the release of "Untouchable," reactions to the song have been mixed. But for the most part, fans are saluting Eminem for speaking out on institutional racism. Check the reactions out below.