The shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer has once again ignited conversations about racial profiling, the abuse of power by policemen and basic compassion for human life. Killer Mike, the explosively political MC who came up within OutKast’s Dungeon Family circle and has become a critical smash with his noisy Run the Jewels project, took to his Instagram with a call for humanity in the wake of a story we have been hearing far too often.
Along with a picture of Brown’s grieving parents, he wrote:
“We are human beings. We deserve to be buried by our 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 loss. 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 [could] 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 [two] Noble creatures called humans and look at what [government]-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 ballplayers and rappers are what they [should] 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.”
The second Run the Jewels album is due later this year and will feature guest spots from Rage Against the Machine vocalist Zach de la Rocha and drummer Travis Barker.