Childish Gambino penned a Twitter poem wishing that he was a "white rapper," and lashed out at social media activists in a series of posts Wednesday (Aug. 13). Gambino isn't actually trying to change his skin color, the Atlanta native was trying to make a bigger point about racial discrimination and the concept of white privilege.
"Twitter activism is wack," he wrote. "Marches don't work anymore police should be forced to wear recording devices."
He tweeted the poem in another round of posts writing, "i wanna be a white rapper. i wanna be so white i'm the biggest rapper of all time. i wanna be so white i can have a number one song with cursing and parents are fine with it."
Gambino continued with a list of "i wanna be so big and white" scenarios including, "what if everyone starts to get big and white? what if this works for everyone and everyone can experience this whiteness and this bigness? i hope i become too big and too white."
He later explained that he's not against Twitter or activists, but that the two don't mix, and explained the "white rapper" rant. "If someone calls me a 'white rapper,' i want to make sure they undersatnd i don't have all the benefits," he wrote.
The "3005" rapper's tweets were fueled by the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown last weekend and the outrage that has erupted on social media and beyond. Brown's name and the city of Ferguson, Mo., where he was killed, have been trending on social media as new development in the tragedy roll in.
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