Lebanese Whatsorts Rap

This Arabic rap, “Difference is Normal” was shot in Lebanon, Qatar, and Syria. Like the What-Sorts website it explores issues of human variation, particularly disability, but it does so through the haunting medium of Rap Music. It includes subtitles and there is a little sign language, but I don’t know which sign language it is. The particular version used in this music video was modified after the recent war in Lebanon and partly addresses the difficult issue of violence induced disabilities that result from war. That is how does society respect and treat the victims as individuals at the same time that we are trying to make martyrs and fuel outrage toward the other side.

Enjoy this video. I am also including a copy of the English Lyrics below in text, since the subtitles are not readable by text to speech devices:

He comes down the stairway

To the right he turns

He knows where he’s going

He knows where he is

He greets his neighbour

As if he sees him

But Shafic cannot see

Since 10 years, he wakes up in darkness

And in it, he eats and walks

Don’t pity him, he knows the town

And has no need for you

 

Rana was playing around the house

Hide and seek, riding her bike

Shelling started, she was badly hit

Because of the war

Her leg was cut off

But she lives normally

She goes to school

She has grown up

She doesn’t need your pity

Treat her like anyone else

 

Even in nature, it is normal for things to be alike or different

But they are much in harmony

 

Even in nature, it is normal for things to be alike or different

Difference is a natural thing

Difference is normal

We are all equal

The World is full of blind hearts

And eyes that can see

It is natural to be different

I wish that all my relatives love me, And I love them

 

We have to be open, despite our differences

I hope to realize myself

It is my right to have a chance

I hope to live normally

I refuse pity

 

At my school, there was a slow boy

The teacher kept shouting: ‘Saïd doesn’t understand a thing! I don’t have to repeat!’

During the recess, Saïd stayed alone

Nowadays, he doesn’t go out

Society has isolated him

It didn’t allow integration

I don’t know why. It must be a defect in our education

 

For every person born in the world of silence

In spite of this, learned to communicate, learned to read and write

And now is teaching

Don’t underestimate anybody’s capacity

It is normal for us not to be alike

But it is not normal that war creates such differences

They are like you and me

No question of unequal rights

 

Even in nature, it is normal for things to be alike or different

But they are much in harmony

Even in nature, it is normal for things to be alike or different

Difference is a natural thing

Even in nature, it is normal for things to be alike or different

But they are much in harmony

Even in nature, it is normal for things to be alike or different

Difference is a natural thing

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