Damian Marley is tackling social issues with a powerful new video and song called "Nail Pon Cross." In the reggae and synth-heavy song, Marley talks about the unjust loss of lives in communities across the United States and throughout the world. Recent events, such as deaths of Alton Sterling and five Dallas police officers, come to mind through his insightful lyrics.
The video starts off by following an African-American man running from a mob, possibly representing public perception and how people are quick to judge. Along with the man running away is a powerful image of a dove locked in a cage, suggesting the ideals of peace and innocence are locked away as well.
As the video continues, it shifts focus off the initial character to Marley, who is in a bullet-riddled room with his arms and fists up. This might represent how lives have been unnecessarily lost when people were surrendering, such as Eric Garner. It also could be a show of resilience, evoking imagery from the Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin protests.
While sun shines through the bullet holes — perhaps as a form of hope or silver lining in the midst sadness — he sings, "A man is just a man / Don't you judge him for his ways and flaws." If people, instead, speak of "love tomorrow," they will be working for the "greatest cause." If they do so, this can hopefully put an end to all the violence.
Later we see a few missing person signs hung up on the wall. The video begins shedding light on the various characters of different backgrounds, as we see the people who were "missing" have been crucified on electric poles in the streets.
They appear to be innocent authority figures and people of different religions that have been mistreated and found "guilty" simply because of their visual appearance. He doesn't exclude himself from this, as we see him crucified.
Marley warns that society can't throw a metaphorical stone at people. Even if those people throwing stones are innocent now, he warns in his lyrics that they need to get off their "high horse," as it could be them facing persecution and death tomorrow, adding we must "forgive to be forgiven."