Last night with the rioting and the violence in Atlanta that included an attack on the CNN, the city leadership called in well-known figures in Atlanta like rapper Killer Mike to try to dissuade people from rioting.
Killer Mike’s speech was very emotional and there are some phrasing of things and maybe the “Kill our masters” shirt, which is one of his songs, wasn’t the best thing to be wearing. He’s interesting guy, who is far left on some things but also a supporter of the Second Amendment.
But his pain about what seeing George Floyd killed, his advice not to burn the neighborhood down, not to riot and his advice to CNN struck a chord
Drop everything and watch Killer Mike's speech in Atlanta tonight. I don't agree with him on all of his politics, but that doesn't matter tonight. He's 100% right about how to handle protesting and how to change the system… and it isn't burning your city to the ground. pic.twitter.com/VzDNMTM0wH
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) May 30, 2020
From Rolling Stone:
“I’m mad as hell. I woke up wanting to see the world burn yesterday, because I’m tired of seeing black men die. He casually put his knee on a human being’s neck for nine minutes as he died like a zebra in the clutch of a lion’s jaw.” […]
“I am duty-bound to be here to simply say: That it is your duty not to burn your own house down for anger with an enemy. It is your duty to fortify your own house, so that you may be a house of refuge in times of organization.”
“So after you burn down your own home, what do you have left, but char and ash,” he said.
Then he spoke about rioters attacking CNN.
“I love CNN… but I gotta say to CNN right now: Karma’s a mother. Stop feeding fear and anger every day. Stop making people feel so fearful and give them hope,” Killer Mike said.
“I’m glad [protestors] only took down a sign and defaced a building, and they’re not killing human beings like that policeman did. I’m glad that they only destroyed some brick and mortar and they didn’t rip a father from a son, they didn’t rip a son from a mother, like the policeman did.”
He took a shot at President Donald Trump, inaccurately citing what Trump said, “when you start looting, we start shooting.” Trump actually said, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” and explained he was referring to things getting out of control during the riots that have included shootings in places like Louisville. But media has been miscasting it so it’s the miscast version that many have heard.