Atlanta emcee and socio-political activist Killer Mike landed on the not-so-noble side of controversy when the National Rifle Association (NRA) published an interview to combat the youth-organized March For Our Lives demonstrations, a protest against America’s loose gun control laws amid an influx of recent school shootings.
NRATV released the interview with the Run The Jewels emcee discussing the critical importance of Black gun ownership.
“The tears of white mothers are like ratings,” Killer Mike recited from an NRA spokeswoman during the conversation with host Colion Noir. The two tossed points back-and-forth with each other about the hotly debated gun control controversy as Mike argued that those who have called him out for support of the Second Amendment are “lackeys” of the progressive movement. He added that even among his own family, he has strongly reinforced his position.
“And I told my kids on the school walkout, ‘I love you—if you walk out that school, walk out my house,’” he said. “That simple.”
His sentiments were poignant, but also poorly received by many of his fans who were exposed to it during a time where dozens of teenagers across the country voiced their heartbreak for the fatal school shootings paralyzing their academic communities.
However, the “Big Beast” rapper had an explanation for all of it.
I hope this clears some stuff up. Love and Respect to all. Part 1 pic.twitter.com/pq977HEG7A— Killer Mike (@KillerMike) March 25, 2018
2 things i need to say. pic.twitter.com/q8GrxQeWPs— el-p (@therealelp) March 26, 2018
I love Killer Mike.Thats my brother. He made some excellent points about Black gun ownership. The problem is, he is talking about it on the NRA platform & the NRA could give LESS THAN A DAMN about protecting Black people's 2nd Amendment rights. Ask the family of Philando Castille— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) March 24, 2018
Killer Mike was on NRAtv? pic.twitter.com/LwnWFoRsNj— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) March 24, 2018
"In Wakanda, everyone had guns." - Killer Mike, bumming me out right now.— Brian Heater (@bheater) March 24, 2018
So Killer Mike encourages Black folk to Bank Black (awesome!), but then allows himself to be used by the NRA, an organization that has NOT spoken up for Black gun owners (i.e. Philando Castile). pic.twitter.com/VE00Q17imJ— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) March 24, 2018
Killer Mike out here showing us the road from Bernie Sanders to Tomi Lahren ain't exactly a long one— Marcus H. Johnson (@marcushjohnson) March 24, 2018
Killer Mike on the apology tour when instead he should have known better that the NRA doesn't GAF about #blackgunownership. They've been attacking high school students who survived a mass shooting. They don't care about black people like #PhilandoCastile— Indiana Jones's Fists (@KrimsonVnm) March 25, 2018
Wow, well this is massively disappointing. No more Run The Jewels obsession for me. https://t.co/2TuMcZc4CB— Adrienne_Tweets (@adriennetweets) March 24, 2018
Hey @KillerMike, it’s ok to be for responsible for gun ownership but are you aware that the NRA uses some awfully racist rhetoric and is first and foremost a lobbying group for the firearms industry? Watch some Wayne LaPierre videos if you don’t believe me. “Thugs” come up a lot.— Josh Kodroff THE EAGLES WON THE SUPER BOWL (@joshkodroff) March 24, 2018
Props to Killer Mike for putting this out. This is how you do a genuine apology, and I am sure there was no malice from the start—just some errors made. https://t.co/aQfRlwONjo— Thor Benson (@thor_benson) March 26, 2018
Hopefully this gains as much traction as your original interview. Unfair that the NRA controlled the context that the interview was released in. Great clarification.— Harry Delamore (@ComputerHRD12) March 25, 2018
I was disappointed Killer Mike sat down with NRATV but he is reminding us here why he’s awesome and broadly respected. His apology is thoughtful and honest. We all make mistakes. Not everyone is so able to admit when they do as Killer Mike is here. https://t.co/lsUMUMQEcV— Alexander Tucciarone (@TucciTellsIt) March 26, 2018
Thanks for clarifying. My hope is that folks don’t diminish your activism b/c of this misstep. Convos about POC gun rights go hand in hand w/ talks about the police state & common sense gun laws. America’s culture of violence also needs to be addressed.— Dizzyfreedom (@dizzyingfreedom) March 26, 2018
I trust Killer Mike in his apology. I still think he was super naive, but I guess I can see where he wouldn't expect the NRA to be as comically evil as they actually are. He tried to co-opt their platform, but fascists are pretty good at what they do, unfortunately.— Handsome Cat Modeling School (@Kamunt) March 26, 2018
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