Talib Kweli Victim of Racial Attack in Denmark
As Pitchfork points out, an Instagram post delivered over the weekend had Kweli explaining that he's long-loved the Christiania neighbourhood of Copenhagen, but a prejudiced assault that targeted him last Thursday (November 26) has since soured the hip-hop vet on the area.
"I've been hearing about Danish racism on the rise. I witnessed it firsthand," he explained in the post. "I was attacked by two bigots last night saying they 'hate me' and they didn't even know who I was, they just didn't like the color of my skin. It wasn't an Internet attack, it was physical. I was hit and kicked."
Kweli added that his friend Niko High helped him out of the situation. The rapper added: "It goes to show you that racism and hate doesn't stop for ppl with money or 'celebrity' whatever that means."
The show, meanwhile, went on as planned and "Copenhagen was a great crowd." You'll find his post in full below.
The rapper's upcoming North American tour schedule can be found here.
Kweli isn't the only musician to have been assaulted during their European tour this month. Previously, Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe had used his Instagram account to report that he'd been "jumped" by a group of "little shits" ahead of a concert in Dublin, Ireland.
Me and @nikohigh walking into Christiania Copenhagen last night. One of my favorite places in the world until last night. I've been hearing about Danish racism on the rise. I witnessed it firsthand. I was attacked by two bigots last night saying they "hate me" and they didn't even know who I was, they just didn't like the color of my skin. It wasn't an Internet attack, it was physical. I was hit and kicked. Thank you to @nikohigh for helping me get out of there. It goes to show you that racism and hate doesn't stop for ppl with money or "celebrity" whatever that means. They stop nothing tho. The show still went on, Copenhagen was a great crowd. Even tho I will never see Christiania the same, a place I once wrote about for a travel blog as utopian, I will always love my fans in Denmark. Your love last night, especially while I was away from family during holiday, only made me stronger.