I really dislike commenting on these issues but when is enough, enough? Lil Wayne is a disgrace. We all know this but you know what? I no longer blame him.
“When a rapper says he’s gonna “pop a pill” then “beat that p*ssy like Emmett Till,” that’s when we know that he might have gone just to far”
Read more about what he said here.
Who was Emmett Till?
“Fourteen-year-old Emmett Till was visiting relatives in Money, Mississippi on August 24, 1955 when he reportedly flirted with a white cashier at a grocery store. Four days later, two white men kidnapped Till, beat him, and shot him in the head. The men were tried for murder, but an all-white, male jury acquitted them. Till’s murder and open casket funeral galvanized the emerging civil rights movement.” Read more here.
Lil Wayne and his ilk are relevant because of his masochistic fans. They are the fans who defend the violence in his music. They defend his sexism and colorism. And quite honestly they could care less about the blatant disrespect displayed by Lil Wayne over the murder of a young man who was killed because of whiteness. You know, the same kind Lil Wayne worships in both his music and his personal life. Why? Because Lil Wayne’s dysfunction is normal to them. They want to emulate him. So his lyrics should not be surprising.
What can we do? We can write letters and start a petition to have his music removed from the airwaves. But the most powerful thing we can do is not buy his garbage. Instead of that we should aim to support positive artists.
If you are Black and defend him please do me a favor. Don’t bother to comment here. This is something not worth you getting embarrassed on the internet for. Turn off the foolishness and get some self pride. Try opening up a history book and read about what happened to that baby. If you knew what happened you would not defend him.
I would also like to apologize to the Till family. We let them down when we let non-blacks and the criminal class define this junk as Black music. We knew this did not represent 99.9% of us but we allowed ourselves to be shamed into silence by those same people who happened to be the prime beneficiaries of negative Black images. Our silence in the 90’s equated to complicity because we did not speak up. And now we are dealing with the consequences.
I will no longer be an accessory to the crime of destroying the Black image. I am asking you to stop supporting people who disrespect our image and hate you.
Watch the Murder of Emmett Till here:
Read more about his and other examples of Black self hate here:
Black Men in the Entertainment Industry who have dissed Black Women that Black Women still support!!!(((WARNING: Laced with madness, the stupid, profanity, and hella colorism)))
According to the New York Daily News, in response to the outcry Epic Records has decided to pull what they called an unauthorized version and release another one without the offensive lyrics. A response by Epic says, “We regret the unauthorized remix version of Future’s ‘Karate Chop,’ which was leaked online and contained hurtful lyrics,” the statement said. “Out of respect for the legacy of Emmett Till and his family and the support of the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. … we are going through great efforts to take down the unauthorized version.” Read more here.
Now lets get something done to end the equally offensive misogyny, violence, colorism and self hate in rap and R&B music.