Of all those speaking out in the wake of the tragic and controversial shooting of Michael Brown, Killer Mike has been one of the most constant and articulate voices. The MC’s campaign began earlier this week with an Instagram post pleading for humanity amongst all people, regardless of race or class. Now, he’s penned a lengthy op-ed for Billboard and made an appearance on CNN to further discuss the situation.
In the op-ed, Killer Mike, born Michael Render, expands upon the Instagram post. He especially emphasizes the idea that many local police forces have broken a public trust and that “whatever this country is willing to do to the least of us, it will one day do to us all.” He adds, “As an American today I simply say: Enough! My rights are precious, and I value those provided to me through the United States Constitution so much. I will never take a day off policing the people we pay and keep a public trust with.” Read the full piece here.
As insightful as Render’s words are, he makes an even greater impact in his 12-minute television appearance. Render, whose father is a policeman, explains how the culture of policing has become more militaristic and why he refuses to let the discussion focus only on the black community. He also addresses his own moniker and gangster rap persona, as well as the purpose of his Swag Shop barbershop in Atlanta.
Watch the entire interview below (via Oregon Live).