Monday, August 22, 2005

Pro-Life Rap Video

Isn't it interesting that moral philosophers can marshal sophisticated metaphysical arguments and that legal scholars can craft legislative language in defense of the pro-life cause, but that at the end of the day, it may be the case that a rapper makes more of an inroad in advocating for a culture of life in America? If you haven't yet seen Nick Cannon's "Can I Live?" video, check it out, even if rap videos aren't exactly your thing.

Kathryn Jean-Lopez summarizes:

Cannon's new music video "Can I Live?" tells a tale that's very different from a gangsta's paradise of dirty dancing and booty calls that Cannon may be sandwiched in between on MTV or BET. In the song, the hip-hop pop star tells his life story — or at least the beginning of it and his mom's close call with abortion.

Cannon, 24, appears in the video as a ghost (or an angel, if you prefer) and sings, "Mommy, I don't like this clinic. Hopefully you'll make the right decision, and don't go through with the knife decision."

A scared teen, his mother was on a gurney — that's how close the call was — but got up, and, at least in the video version, ran.

He points out to his mother something she got on some level, or she wouldn't have gotten up: "That's a life inside you, look at your tummy. What is becoming Ma, I am Oprah bound. You can tell he's a star from the Ultrasound."

The video images tell a stirring, gripping story regardless of where you fall in the abortion debate.

Babies are being saved on account of this video. Cannon is currently collected testimonials for a forthcoming book.