R&B singer Chrisette Michele decided to share some of her political views on Twitter earlier today (July 12), but it didn’t totally go over too well with fans.
In a post captioned with a disclaimer of “I’m no #PoliticalGenius,” the singer passionately shared a detailed explanation about why she feels boycotts and marches are “respectfully” not the answer, because they are outdated methods of protest and were effective 60 years ago, but not today.
“Respectfully, I don’t believe that a boycott is the answer. It was the answer 60 years ago,” the singer wrote on Twitter. “I don’t believe that marches are the answer. They were the answer 60 years ago. Not when you have clothing label owners like Nicki Minaj leading the way at chains like K-Mart. Not when you’ve got hair product owners like Courtney Adelye leading the way at stores like Sally’s. Not when you have record label owners like myself and Janelle Monae selling music at stores like Target.”
The singer then went on to discuss that the way to affect change in our country is through action, and while many agree with her point there, many fans disagreed with her overall comment that marches and boycotts are not effective.
Check out her post in full below, as well as some of the strong reactions that followed.
@ChrisetteM But they're not mutually exclusive. Boycotting/leveraging economic power can work alongside voting/leveraging political power.— #BlackLivesMatter (@arinola91) July 12, 2016
@ChrisetteM The solution is not binary. It lies somewhere in between. We must invest in our communities & exercise political strategies.— BE ♏ (@Earth_BE) July 12, 2016
@ChrisetteM i respect your opinion but i disagree completely, why shouldn't people be able to peacefully protest? It's our "freedom"...— Daniel Rivera (@danielriveraone) July 12, 2016
🗞 so @ChrisetteM wants the everyday black person to conform to standards to gain freedom while making sure not to hurt rich blacks pockets.— feepak chopra (@tinycombatboots) July 12, 2016
.@ChrisetteM Black America being coopted by mainstream consumerism isn't success. What does that have to do with justice/brutality??? Sis...— solidarity forever (@nucleartesla) July 12, 2016
@ChrisetteM 1) they aren't asking you for a resume before they shoot you.— Slevina Kelevra (@CNRush) July 12, 2016
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