Killer Mike Weighs In on Michael Brown Shooting in Open Letter
Published Aug 12, 2014Run the Jewels rapper Killer Mike has weighed in on the fatal shooting of Ferguson, MO teenager Michael Brown last weekend at the hands of a police officer. The Missouri shooting has raised many questions and differing opinions. Authorities are claiming self-defence, while both peaceful protests and looting have arisen to question the motive behind the shooting. Killer Mike is bringing the conversation into a broader spectrum by analyzing race relations in the U.S.
While currently on tour, Killer Mike delivered an essay through his Instagram account [via Rolling Stone] that analyzes the tragedy and measures of police brutality, while also pleading for society to look "past Class, race and culture and honor the humanity that unites our species."
Rather than further paraphrase the powerful essay, accompanied by a picture of Brown's mother and stepfather, you can read Killer Mike's words down below:
We are human beings. We deserve to be buried by our children not the other way around. No matter how u felt about black people look at this mother and look at this father and tell me as a human being how u cannot feel empathy for them. How can u not feel sympathy for their pain and loss. These are not 'THOTS, niggas/niggers, hoes, Ballers, Divas.' These two people are parents. They are humans that produced a child and loved that child and that child was slaughtered like Game and left face down as public spectacle while his blood drained down the street.
Look at the pain of this mother; look into her eyes. Look at the man behind her. Look at that father made helpless and hurt that he cud not defend his seed. Don't debate. Don't insert your agenda. Save me the bullshit Black On Black Crime speech and look at these two Noble creatures called humans and look at what govt-sanctioned murder has done. It has robbed them of their humanity and replaced it with pain and shame, suffering and hurt.
I don't care if others rioted or why. I don't care that ballplayers and rappers are what they shud be. I care that we as humans care as much about one another more. I care we see past Class, race and culture and honor the humanity that unites our species. Stop talking and LOOK at these PEOPLE. LOOK at these HUMANS and stand with them against a system allows a Human PIG to slaughter their child. Forgive any typos love and respect u all.
Run the Jewels play Vancouver's Biltmore Cabaret tonight (August 12).