Rihanna’s New Video is About Disillusionment with the American Dream

The video for “American Oxygen” features footage from Ferguson and Occupy Wall Street.

Just last week, GOOD columnist Kasai Rex wrote a moving piece about why loving America is a complicated process for some Americans, particularly those who find themselves in the margins of mainstream American narratives. Should Kasai’s points be synthesized into a song and a music video, the endeavor might birth something akin to Rihanna’s new video for “American Oxygen,” a politically charged ode to the U.S. that features footage from Occupy Wall Street, Ferguson and 9/11.

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