Amid the chaos that led to the cancellation of Donald Trump's Chicago rally on Friday night, protesters chanted the song that is becoming an anthem for social activism: Kendrick Lamar's "Alright."
The Republican presidential front-runner postponed the event after thousands of protesters swarmed the University of Illinois at Chicago, resulting in several arrests and police officers being injured.
After the cancellation, protesters erupted into a chorus of the song:
"We gon’ be alright! We gon’ be alright!"
Tension at Trump's events is nearing a boiling point, with supporters frequently clashing with protesters who object to his racist and xenophobic campaign. At least a few protesters have adopted Lamar's songs as an antidote to Trump's messages.
Lamar, a Compton-based rapper whose lyrical mastery achieved worldwide acclaim with his award-winning album "To Pimp A Butterfly," offers vivid perspectives on police violence, racism and life in the inner city in his songs.
"Alright," from "To Pimp A Butterfly," is a message of hope, Lamar said. It was inspired by a trip he took to South Africa, in which he was exposed to the struggles of people there. As The Huffington Post noted last summer, it has been adopted as an anthem of people protesting police brutality, racism and oppression. The song was also heard in Cleveland last July when activists were protesting police harassment, and has popped up in Baltimore and in Washington, D.C.
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