13-year-old Keedron Bryant downloaded a new video for his virus hit “I Just Want to Live”. The song – written by his mother Johnnetta Bryant and originally shared as a smartphone video of Keedron singing a cappella – made waves when it came out after George Floyd was killed by police in May. The Sara Lacombe clip is the main debut of the music video for Warner Records.
A shuffling video opens on the American flag, which drips blood as the children’s choir performs the Pledge of Allegiance. Bryant kneels in front of an angry white policeman with a gun aimed at him. “I just want to live / God protects me,” Bryant questions his soul. “I̵7;m a young black man / I’m doing everything I can.”
The clip footage depicts the police brutality and injustice of numerous murders of black people, from a black sweatshirt with skittles and a can of iced tea in pockets referring to Trayvon Martin to the names of many recently killed – Breonna Taylor, Floyd and Michael Brown among them – written on a black body. In the next point, Bryant sings as protesters meet with police. The final shot ends with a hopeful remark when Bryant’s persuasive words seem to despise the officer’s violent approach.