My rap knowledge admittedly doesn’t extend that far past Biggie and Tupac. However, friends of mine who are hip-hop heads have told me to check out Run the Jewels. A rap duo, half of which is Killer Mike. After seeing this interview from NRATV, I may have to give them a spin.
Before anyone starts, yes, I know Killer Mike is a Bernie Sanders supporter (see Bernie Sanders: ‘Deporting Dreamers Will Stain America Forever’ and Bernie Sanders Releases Video of ‘Patriotic Millionaires’ Who Want Higher Taxes). No needs to be triggered. Or remind us in the comment section. It’s okay that we disagree with Killer on 9 issues out of 10. Because the tenth issue is an important one.
I told my kids on the school walkout: “I love you. If you walk out that school, walk out my house.” We are a gun-owning family. We are a family where my sister farms. We are a family where we’ll fish, we’ll hunt. But we are not a family that jumps on every single thing an ally of ours does because some stuff we just don’t agree with.
Actually, hold the applause. Because of course, he was forced to apologize for going off script.
While the rapper and activist fervently defended his interview online, he also subsequently posted two videos apologizing for the time of the interview’s release, which, he says, gave the appearance that his comments were directed at the student organizers, including survivors of last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, who planned the march in collaboration with the nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety.
According to Killer Mike, his interview by NRA personality Colion Noir (above) was recorded over a week ago. “That interview was used a week later by NRATV to disparage a very noble campaign that I actually support,” he said. “I’m sorry, guys. I’m sorry that an interview I did about a minority, black people in this country, and gun rights was used as a weapon against you guys. That was unfair to you and it was wrong, and it disparaged some very noble work you’re doing.” Concluded Killer Mike, “I do support the march and I support black people owning guns. It’s possible to do both.”
Actually, no. It’s not possible to do both. Seven words why: #MarchForOurLives Speaker Admits True Gun Control Plans.
The apology rings hollow because the walkout he criticized was the opening act to the march he claimed to support. You’re sitting down with the NRA. The terrorist organization hellbent on killing kids. With their assault guns. And smearing their blood on the Second Amendment. Because it gives them a kinkier pleasure. That’s at least according to the march organizers you claim to support.
Heart of the matter time. Let’s ignore the BS apology and accept the interview for what it is. Because I’m fairly certain that’s the real Killer Mike. If we’re serious about ending “gun violence,” if we’re serious about the safety of our kids, these are the conversations we need to have. Not marches that do nothing but dehumanize anyone who disagrees with you. Especially when those marches are organized by bitter partisans with no interest in solutions. Other than taking all the guns.
More conversation with Killer Mike. Less woke poseurs like David Hogg.