In the wake of the violent Charolettesville protests, the rap community and others alike have taken to social media to condemn the actions of white supremacists. Most recently, Bun B was at the center of push back against hateful rhetoric when a video of him confronting a white Trump supporter resurfaced online.
In the clip, Bun B assertively approaches the unidentified man who the Texas native claims gave him the middle finger, to which he responded, "I'm a college professor." The video was widely circulated on Wednesday (Aug. 16) via Twitter and Instagram, going viral in only a few hours.
From there, things grow even more tense with both men getting into each other's faces and exchanging inaudible profanities. Before the situation grew violent, officers stepped in as they demanded both Bun and the Trump supporter go their separate ways.
The footage, however, is nearly a year old as it was taken during the rapper's coverage of Republic National Convention in Cleveland for VICE. But, as Bun B pointed out during a recent interview with The FADER the fact that the video has resurfaced in the wake of Charlottesville is important to note.
"I think it's important for people to know this is an old video," Bun B explained. "This isn't six months after the election, this is six months before. This is how emboldened these people were at the time that Trump was on the road verbalizing this divisive rhetoric. They were already emboldened by what Trump was saying on the campaign trail before he even had the Republican nomination. It was just as explicit then, but now there's more of them. They've built their numbers up significantly."
The UGK rapper also feels that white Americans calling out the racists in their lives is long overdue. "They know who the racists are, we don't," he said. "It's easier to point them out when they're marching with torches, and doing Nazi chants, and Nazi salutes, and carrying Confederate flags and what not. But there are a lot of other people who don't visibly express their racism in public on a daily basis. They know who their racist neighbor is, they know who their racist coworker is, they know who their racist family members are. White America has to make a decision about what side of history they're going to stand on."
"We're not gonna win by being just as ugly as they are — that's not ever how this has worked," Bun B continued. "We've got to be just as firm in our conviction for our love as they are for their hate. That's where the difference comes in. They're willing to die for their hate, we have to be willing to die for our love and for the future of this world. It's the conviction in these moments that makes the difference in the fight."
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