Read Killer Mike’s Op-Ed About Baltimore

On Saturday night, Killer Mike was a guest at the White House Correspondents Dinner. At the same time that was happening, an hour’s drive north, shit was just starting to break loose in Baltimore. Mike didn’t learn about the riots in the wake of Freddie Grey’s murder until he was leaving the dinner. And in a new op-ed for Billboard, Mike has written about the disconnect between where he was and what was happening, and about how he sees the events in Baltimore. Mike talks about the difficult job that the police have, and he has stronger words for members of the media who sensationalized what was happening. At the dinner, Mike met Wolf Blitzer, and he writes, “If I were introduced to him today, I’d walk away.” He also writes that he understands why the riots happened; here’s a passage:

For the people of Baltimore — I don’t criticize rioting because I understand it. But after the fires die down: organize, strategize and mobilize. Like Ferguson, you have an opportunity to start anew. I don’t have a solution because whoever’s there will have to come up with it. But we need community relations: riots are the language of the unheard.

Read the whole op-ed here.

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