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Jan 16, 2018 at 12:00 AM
Did Apple just censor Vic Mensa’s views on Palestine? It sure looks like it.

In December, the hip hop artist released a powerful video on YouTube for his track “We Could Be Free,” highlighting connections between Palestinian, Black and Native American struggles for liberation and self-determination.

Mensa had filmed much of the video in Palestine, telling the website AllHipHop: “I took scenes from the military occupation of a village I visited in Palestine and juxtaposed them with racial violence in America to show how similar our struggles are and imagine a world without division.”

The Grammy-nominated Chicago artist went much further in a powerful essay in Timelast week detailing Israel’s depredations and his sense of outrage after witnessing them last summer.

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