“This ain’t just a black issue,” rapper Killa Mike said,” I’m talking as an American. ”
“As an American I am truly afraid for us right now because all of our rights are open for abuse.”
The Atlanta-based artist was on Power 105.1 radio’s “The Breakfast Club” today, and spent most of the interview urging all Americans to stand up for their God-given Constitutional rights in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
“The shameful part of being an American today is not that police brutality exist, it’s not that these separations between the races exist; the shameful part is that none of us are fully living our Constitutional rights.”
“Black people, we have to protect our right to never be in slavery. My white friends, some of them are protecting the second amendment rights–which more black people need to wake up to,” Mike said.
“If we don’t all enjoy all of our rights, then we all aren’t living the full American experience,” he said.
Killa Mike wrote an article for Billboard Magazine last week in which he spoke on Michael Brown’s death, the need for better policing, the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and offered his thoughts on how America can move forward.
“Whatever this country is willing to do to the least of us, it will one day do to us all,” wrote Killa Mike. “Whether it is illegal rd stops & checkpoints, where your rights are being violated — through being forced to answer questions that the 5th Amendment protects you from, or illegal stop-and-frisk that the 4th Amendment is designed to protect you from — all of our rights are violated and in danger when any American’s rights are violated.”
Killa Mike, whose father was a police officer, said “I travel outside of these United States. And if you’ve never traveled outside of these United States, then you don’t know how great the country is that you’re in.”
“We need the police,” he added,”I’m trying to get the police to police better.”
Mike concedes that certain episodic instances of racism do present themselves to the black people that he knows and loves. But being black and growing up in the south and now a worldwide performer, he argues that compared to other countries, America is the best place in the world for a black man to flourish, be protected from government force, and to pursue his dreams.
Mike says he is constantly giving his black friends the same message: “Look, I got some homies in London, I got homies in Denmark, I got homies in Africa that would outwork you and that would love to trade places with you.”
“And at the end of the day, every American is due his due process and you are due to have your Constitutional rights honored. So stop arguing the race thing and start arguing that.”
He says the riots, violence, and even the peaceful protest in Ferguson were a “temper tantrum, the unrecognized voice of the voiceless.”
Mike recognizes the anger in those communities affected by bad policing and asks what are the people living in those communities going to do after the time for protesting has passed?
“What happens next? What are you going to do in Ferguson to insure that better policing happens? What is the police force going to do to make sure better policing happens? How do we better engage? You need to be working in your community,” he suggests. “You need to be working in alliance with your local police force to figure out better policing. And people need to vote and take care of your own communities.”
On the subject of black-on-black violence that doesn’t seem to receive the same attention as Ferguson did, Mike says “it’s despicable that black men are still murdering each other in Chicago.”
“But in reference to the police, and in reference to government abusing you, that has to be taken care of. We have a U.S Constitution.”
Mike concluded by saying black people “need to do the same thing the Japanese did after the fallout of World War II. We need to figure out which way our community is going. We need to send these boys who aren’t working to trade school.”
And when it’s all said and done, Mike says you have two choices; you can either “leave America or you can make America give you what she promised you: and that’s your Constitutional rights.”
“I am promised Constitutional rights, as an American,” Killa Mike said. “And I’m not going to waver from that. You’re not going to rob me of my Constitutional rights.”
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