Run the Jewels rapper took a stand at the Atlanta mayor’s press conference to encourage protestors to strategically use the momentum.
Killer Mike referred to his personal history because as the son of an Atlanta police officer he has inherent respect to the police force but he also is no stranger to the notion of a long-going history of racism inside it.
He said addressing people on the streets:
“I’m mad as hell. I woke up wanting to see the world burn yesterday, because I’m tired of seeing black men die. He casually put his knee on a human being’s neck for nine minutes as he died like a zebra in the clutch of a lion’s jaw.
So that’s why children are burning it to the ground. They don’t know what else to do. And it is the responsibility of us to make this better right now. We don’t want to see one officer charged, we want to see four officers prosecuted and sentenced. We don’t want to see targets burning, we want to see the system that sets up for systemic racism burnt to the ground.
I am duty-bound to be here to simply say: That it is your duty not to burn your own house down for anger with an enemy. It is your duty to fortify your own house, so that you may be a house of refuge in times of organization. And now is the time to plot, plan, strategize, organize, and mobilize.
It is time to beat up prosecutors you don’t like at the voting booth. It is time to hold mayoral offices accountable, chiefs and deputy chiefs. Atlanta is not perfect, but we’re a lot better than we ever were, and we’re a lot better than cities are.”
Eminem retweeted the article that quotes Killer Mike’s speech, adding:
I’m with @killermike on this one. Incredibly well done.
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) May 31, 2020