Wale Talks Baltimore Protests on CNN


Wale Talks Baltimore Protests on CNN

"The people just want to be heard," says DMV rapper.

Published April 29, 2015

Wale was on CNN today speaking to the recent uprisings in Baltimore. The DMV rapper, who grew up about an hour away in Washington, D.C., came to lend support to the city. “I’m not a politician, I’m not a super hero, but if I can boost the morale of the people here in Baltimore, who are our brothers and sisters and our neighbors, then that’s what I'ma do,” he said.

The people "just want to be heard," Wale said of the friction the arose after the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old unarmed Black man who suffered a spinal injury in police custody and died. "There’s a bunch of kids that come from lower income environments, some from lower class, some from regular middle class, that just feel like Black people have been a doormat of society,” said the MMG rapper.


Before stopping by CNN, Wale visited Frederick Douglass High School, marking the students’ first day back to school since the protests. “I’m ya’ll neighbor, I hurt like ya’ll hurt,” he told a room of students and teachers, sharing personal harassment and discrimination stories. "We need each other. We need our community leaders to step forward and we need these kids to understand that somebody believes in them."

Mr. Folarin wasn’t there just to talk, he also wanted to listen to some of what residents have experienced.  

Watch Wale's conversation with CNN here.

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Written by Latifah Muhammad


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