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Watch Black Eyed Peas' jarring new video that tackles school shootings, child border separation

"What you are about to see is hard to watch," reads an opening caption. "But this is the point of this film."

'What you are about to see is hard to watch,' reads an opening caption. 'But this is the point of this film.'

The Black Eyed Peas' new video is graphic — but the band says it's intended to make viewers uncomfortable. (YouTube)

The Black Eyed Peas may be best known for their upbeat pop songs, but in a just-released video, they're stepping straight into two of America's most controversial issues: school shootings and child border separation.

The unflinching clip depicts a school shooting, with a gunman, his face blurred out, racing into a science classroom and opening fire on the students and teacher, then entering a gymnasium and continuing the rampage.

Through a warning at the start, the band acknowledges the violence, but makes clear it's not gratuitous. "What you are about to see is hard to watch. But this is the point of this film. It should be hard to watch," reads the caption and voiceover. "But imagine having to live through it. No kid should have to live through what you're about to see."

Proceeds from the song are going to the student-led March for Our Lives organization, which is calling for stricter gun laws, and Families Belong Together, a group that opposes the policy of separating families at the U.S./Mexico border.

The clip also shows scenes that have become all-too familiar — students evacuating the school and consoling each other outside, a candlelight vigil and a memorial service — as well as the police response to the gunman.

All the while, the students, teachers and police mouth the words to the song, which is about the need for love and an end to violence.

The video then shifts to an underground tunnel where illegal immigrants are trying to make their way into the U.S. but are apprehended by authorities, held at gunpoint and put into cages. The children are separated from their parents and wearing the now-familiar orange prison jumpsuits.

"They take kids away from their parents, but they don't take guns away from kids," reads a caption at the end. "Speak up for those who can't."

Watch: [Warning, contains graphic violence] 

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