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Concrete Angel Essay

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Concrete Angel
Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in
their shoes, seen what they’ve seen, felt what they’ve felt, and then maybe you will understand
why they do what they do.” Martina McBride released a song called “Concrete Angel”. This was
her way of reaching out to the public as part of an awareness for child abuse. Child abuse is a lot
more than the physical abuse. Physical abuse is a lot easier to notice and detect because the
evidence is on the outside. However, those bruises will eventually fade away. The emotional
abuse is what leaves permanent scars on the heart. It hurts the inside of a person, what is not seen
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After the release of that
album, she followed up with her second album in 1993 called, The Way That I Am (“Martina
McBride Biography”).
In 2002, she released her song “Concrete Angel”. It appeared on her Greatest Hits
Album. The song was written by Stephanie Bentley and Rob Crosby. Martina McBride recorded
the song and dedicated it in memory of her niece, Angela Carter, who was a victim of child
abuse. Angela was neglected and beat on a daily basis. After her parents split up she was forced
to live with her mother, an alcoholic. The innocent girl was only seven years old when she
passed away (“Martina McBride Fights Domestic Violence”). The overall message that the
songwriters and McBride tried to convey was to end child abuse. The sub-message behind the
video could be seen as bullying. During parts of the video, the other kids are laughing at her. As
well as not playing with her at recess. All of Angela’s classmates and teachers ignored the signs
of abuse written on her body. They ignored her because they did not want to intervene with her
family problems. The only one who seemed to notice her and be by her side was a young boy she
met at recess. On the night she passed away, he was watching from a nearby window as Angela’s
mother beat her to death. At the funeral, the boy stood at her grave and walked with “her spirit”
to heaven with all the other abused children (Whitburn 219). It makes the audience wonder if he
was an abused child himself.
The video was very impactful. As it has to be in order to get through to the audience.
McBride’s point was not solely to show what child abuse looks like. However, the message was
to show what could happen if people do not speak up when they see potential abuse. Angela
could still be alive if her classmates and/or teachers would have spoken up. Although, it does not

stop there. Martina is now a spokeswoman for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. She
works hard to end domestic abuse as well. She speaks to her children at home about it,
“A lot of teenage girls will be first dating and they'll think, 'Oh he doesn't want
me to see my friends. He just wants me all to himself. Isn't that sweet?' Or 'Oh,
he's just being protective. Isn't that sweet?' And then it turns into something else
and its controlling. They don't recognize that until it's too late. So it's an ongoing
education that you have to give young girls, I think." (“Martina McBride Fights
Domestic Violence”)
Even though “Concrete Angel” was written with the emphasis on child abuse, domestic abuse is
just as important. It starts as early as adolescence, when people begin dating. McBride wants to
raise awareness to everyone about all abuse.
The Audience
There is no specific audience for this music video. It is meant to reach out to every person
watching it, no matter their age, race, or social class. However, Martina McBride is a country
artist. Therefore, any person who listens to country music, no matter the...

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