Killer Mike

UPDATE: Since writing that Instagram statement, Killer Mike has written a longer op-ed for Billboard about the ongoing police-brutality issues in Ferguson and elsewhere in the U.S.: “Support these victims. On the day they were murdered by rogue officers, all of our rights drained onto that hot concrete along with that child’s blood. Government should fear the people, not the other way around.” Read the whole thing here.

This past weekend, a police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old named Michael Brown — only the latest absurd police killing in a summer that’s been full of them. The officer alleges that Brown had been trying to take his gun, but witnesses claim that Brown had his hands up and was trying to surrender — all this after an argument about Brown and his friend walking in the street instead of the sidewalk. Every new detail of the case gets worse, and people around St. Louis have been heavily protesting and clashing with police ever since. Yesterday — and honestly, we probably should’ve posted this earlier — the great firebrand rapper Killer Mike took to Instagram and posted a shot of Brown’s devastated parents, tagging it with a powerful, from-the-heart piece of writing about the human costs of Brown’s killing. Here’s what he wrote:

We are human beings. We deserve to be buried by out children not the other way around. No matter how u felt about black people look at this Mother and look at this father and tell me as a human being how u cannot feel empathy for them. How can u not feel sympathy for their pain and loos. These are not “THOTS, niggas/niggers, hoes, Ballers, Divas. These two people are parents. They are humans that produced a child and loved that child and that child was slaughtered like Game and left face down as public spectacle while his blood drained down the street. Look at the pain of this mother, look into her eyes. Look at the Man behind her. Look at that father made helpless and hurt that he cud not defend his seed. Don’t debate. Don’t insert your agenda. Save me the bullshit Black On Black Crime speech and look at these to Noble creatures called humans and look at what govt sanctioned murder has done. It has robbed them of their humanity and replaced it with pain and shame, suffering and hurt. I don’t care if others rioted or why. I don’t care that ball players and Rappers are what they shud be. I care that we as humans care as much about one another more. I care we see past Class, race and culture and honor the humanity that unites our species. Stop talking and LOOK at these PEOPLE. LOOK at these HUMANS and stand with them against a system allows a Human PIG to slaughter their child. Forgive any typos love and respect u all.

(via Killer Mike’s Instagram)

There’s not another thing I could possibly add.

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Comments (12)
  1. Obviously none of us where there but that cop’s story makes no sense. To jump into a cop car the second the cop opens the door and go after his gun… that’s beyond criminal behavior, you would have to be psychotic.

    Hopefully the FBI gets involved and gets this right. The police seem like they are standing by their boy so far.

  2. Damn. Just look. Those are good words.

  3. I could add something: Killer Mike SHOULD care about the rioting, and it’s a shame he had to write otherwise. Michael Brown’s legacy is going to be the violence, the racial rift, the untrust, and the loss of businesses in an area already suffering from urban blight. It’s really sad that his life and the riots that came out of his death (and their effects) are going to be inextricable in the years to come. But he doesn’t care about the rioting? He doesn’t care that the humanity who live in the area are going to be seriously negatively affected by whats gone down in the past few days? He doesn’t care that when the family should have been mourning they had to hold a press conference and (in parts) beg the public to stop the violence?
    I know people are angry. The African American population in north St. Louis has been marginalized for decades. I understand that many are just using Michael Brown’s death as an outlet for their anger and can’t be expected to act rationally. But we can’t trivialize police brutality, just as we can’t trivialize the rioting and destruction of the cities we live in, which is what I heard when I read this letter. I hope Killer Mike can understand that and better honor Michael Brown by denouncing this violence in Ferguson.

    • Agreed, you can’t talk about the hurt in those parents faces and then say you don’t care about inflicting hurt into business owners by looting and destroying property. In fact Michael Brown’s parents have spoken out against the rioting themselves.

    • Rioting is a perfectly understandable reaction to an unarmed black man being executed by a white police officer for jaywalking.

      Rioting is a perfectly rational reaction to your peaceful protest being met by SWAT-tanks, swarms of white cops in body armor, shields and automatic weapons, rubber bullets and tear gas.

      Anger about Brown’s murder is appropriate because justice aint gonna come from those cops. No justice, no peace.

      • And while you’re all worried about looting, please rest assured

        the real looters never get tear gassed. start something bigger than a riot, like a civilization destroying war, get a presidential library.— homeland offense (@onekade) August 13, 2014

      • Depending on your vision for the future of St. Louis, then I suppose you could justify rioting. If you want a St. Louis that continues to be racially torn, then by all means riot. If you want the African American population living in north St. Louis to continue to be tread upon, then by all means riot. If you want an economically depressed area to lose even more money, then by all means riot. If you want to ensure that the legacy of Michael Brown is nothing but a blood stain, then riot. I’ve lived here my whole life, and I have a much more optimistic vision of this city.
        Also, the SWAT, the tear gas, the riot gear came out in response to dozens of buildings being destroyed and a QuikTrip lit on fire. I question their necessity too…but your “rational rioting” is going to create high tensions, and thus you have the riot gear at a peaceful protest. You can’t just riot in a vacuum and expect The Other Side to sit around with their thumbs up their ass. My problem with your justification for rioting is that you take reasonable arguments (an execution, peaceful protests, anger) and draw the most extreme conclusions from them. People hear rioters, but the problem is nobody listens, and the rioters ALWAYS lose. Justice Is Peace.

        • i dont think you know what you’re talking about. Go look at @AntonioFrench on twitter for how it went down on Aug 9. The cops were out there with the military gear early on—even as Brown’s body was still in the street.

          Right now in Ferguson the 52/55ths-white police force is oppressing black people. A white cop murdered Brown with many bullets for jaywalking. But you’re worried about property damage and Brown’s “legacy.”

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