Kendrick Lamar Makes Further Comments on Voting

The Compton rapper clarifies his stance on why he doesn’t vote.

Posted: 08/28/2012 11:47 AM EDT
Kendrick Lamar on Voting

Kendrick Lamar angered and/or disappointed some with his recent comments that he "don't do no voting." Now, in apparent response to the reaction to his words, the 25-year-old MC has made an addendum to his statement via Twitter.

In a tweet, Kendrick made it clear that he doesn't want to discourage others from voting, but encouraged those who do to make sure it's "for the right reasons."

"And when you do VOTE. Just make sure it's 4 the right reasons. This way you won't point the finger at that black man like y'all did. Again," he wrote, presumably referring to President Barack Obama

In his original remarks, Kendrick had said he doesn't believe in the political system, and that people should instead focus on taking care of their own.

"I don’t believe in none of the s--t that’s going on in the world...  do what you do, do good with your people and live your life because what’s going on isn’t really in our hands."

The President of the League of Young Voters, Rob "Biko" Baker, subsequently challenged the remarks, arguing that disenfranchised people are more powerful when they act collectively.

"I respect Kendrick Lamar’s opinion. He isn’t the only young leader frustrated with the state of the political process. But, by not participating in this and future elections, Kendrick Lamar is giving the very people he is frustrated with more free reign to continue to pull the levers the way they want to," he said.

 

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