An Acadia University political science student says he feels compelled to speak out about racism in Nova Scotia, even though he's only ever witnessed it.
Jacob Cuvelier's song, Racism is alive, had almost 11,000 views on Facebook Saturday, after only two days online.
The song is about racial disparity in the justice system. Cuvelier says it was inspired by an American politics class and his friends' experiences.
"Two of my best friends in this world currently are incarcerated and all I'm going to say is that the way it all went down judicially, I don't think they got a fair shake," the 22-year-old said.
Black friends 'never got a fair shake'
Cuvelier, who is white, says growing up, he observed his black friends being treated differently.
"I've known them for a very long time and they never got a fair shake," Cuvelier says.
"In the school system, the security guard would just always be preying on them — even when they were just trying to just pass and graduate."
Song for 'people with hate in their hearts'
Cuvelier says even though he hasn't been discriminated against, he feels that it's important to speak up about things he has witnessed. He says most of the feedback he's received on his song has been positive.
"Two kind of racist individuals sent me some pretty hateful stuff and that's how I knew it made its rounds," Cuvelier said.
"It got to the people who I'm directing this music towards: the people with hate in their hearts."
Message 'very powerful,' friend says
Friend, activist and fellow artist Quentrel Provo says he saw Cuvelier's video went it was first uploaded earlier this week.
"He may not have experienced [racism], but he's seen it," Provo says. "His verse is very powerful."
Provo himself has spoken out about racism in the Halifax area, and to highlight positive parts of the community.
"It is very important that people talk about [race] because we kind of push it over," Provo says.
"We think we've come along way, but racism is still alive."