The tragic fatal shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Michael Brown by a Missouri policeman has sparked both great upheaval in the local area and important conversations nationwide. Issues of racial profiling, police violence, and the intersections between the two are yet again being brought to the forefront, but few have offered anything as moving as the screed that overtly political Atlanta rapper Killer Mike put on Instagram (via Rolling Stone) on Monday afternoon.
Paired with a picture of Brown’s heartbroken mother and father, Mike’s note called for humanity and empathy in the wake of this tragedy: “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.”
His rhetoric throughout exudes love and care, begging for a widespread understanding of the human beings who are affected by this event and who have been affected by each of these horrible stories that keep on surfacing. Read Michael “Killer Mike” Render’s whole essay below.
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 [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 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.
Mike is preparing his second album as Run the Jewels with similarly fiery New York rapper El-P.