Today I saw rapper/ social activist Killer Mike trending on Twitter, when I saw why I was baffled but not that surprised. The Atlanta native defended gun ownership, criticized National Walkout Day and anti-bullying campaigns in a new interview with NRATV.
These views caught many off guard because the Run the Jewels rapper usually sides with progressive issues (he was a huge Bernie Sanders supporter in 2016 during his Presidential campaign). Killer Mike took a surprising stand on the subject of the Second Amendment in the interview with host Colion Noir (via Pitchfork).
“I told my kids on the school walkout: ‘I love you. If you walk out that school, walk out my house,'” the rapper said of National Walkout Day. “We are a gun-owning family. We are a family where my sister farms. We are a family where we’ll fish, we’ll hunt. But we are not a family that jumps on every single thing an ally of ours does because some stuff we just don’t agree with.”
As hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets Saturday for #MarchforOurLives, the rapper stated that he didn’t agree with the anti-gun protests or the need for stricter gun control laws.
“There was something that the woman who is the NRA spokesperson [Dana Loesch] said and everybody just kinda lost it… Dana says that the tears of white mothers are like ratings. And that’s so true and it was so sad to hear her acknowledge it, but it’s true, and black people know it’s true,” Killer Mike said, adding of the black community, “You’re not woke! You can’t continue to be the lackey.”
Killer Mike also relayed an anecdote where a fellow musician was being pressured to do an anti-gun campaign and called upon the rapper to handle the situation through discourse.
“Very simply: I’m African-American. You know, 54 years out of apartheid. I’m very pro-Second Amendment, this is why,” the rapper said. “And before you say ‘What about the children,’ my daughter goes to Savannah State University. There was also a shooting on that campus. Talked to my wife and daughter after that, the decision was we’re gonna go to Savannah, she’s gonna get a gun and train more.”
Killer Mike’s Run the Jewels partner El-P offered an opposing viewpoint on Twitter, criticizing Noir for suggesting that no one would know the names of the protesting Marjory Stoneman Douglas students if their classmates hadn’t died.
they didn’t want to be known they wanted to be kids. and they’ve earned being heard in one of the hardest ways possible. no matter what you believe we all have to listen in a real way. its owed to them and many others. thats my take on it. https://t.co/gBJXXabwNT
— el-p (@therealelp) March 24, 2018
Many people on Twitter weren’t pleased to hear Killer Mike’s views on the second amendment and shared there thoughts on his stance. Read a few below:
RTJ performed at Pitchfork a few years back and i was annoyed by Killer Mike’s performative, dramatic crying on stage about guns in Chicago. everyone said i was being mean.
I TOLD YOU.
— shake van pelt (@curlyfro) March 24, 2018
*sees Killer Mike is trending*
Me: Oh dope, Killer Mike is one of my favorite rappers. Lemme see what’s going on.
Twitter: You see the NRA TV video he did?
— Brandan Tate (@MarlonBrandan) March 24, 2018
To @KillerMike : YOU DONT NEED AN AR-15. As a black man & fellow gun owner I would like to have a debate with you about your stances on gun-control.
— vino valentino (@VicMensa) March 24, 2018
— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) March 24, 2018
Killer Mike was on NRAtv? pic.twitter.com/LwnWFoRsNj
— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) March 24, 2018
wow Killer Mike thought he was making great points with the NRA and got used as a black pawn on the day of a national gun protest pic.twitter.com/xLDsqN5stZ
— Joseph from Chick-Fil-A (@notRockB) March 24, 2018
just to be clear-
killer mike is the reason all of those ppl cling so desperately to their assault rifles in the first place.
a 6′ tall, 300 lb black man is PRECISELY the driving force behind white anxiety.
his very existence is EVERY irrational fear made manifest.
— fooler initiative (@metroadlib) March 24, 2018
I love Killer Mike.Thats my brother. He made some excellent points about Black gun ownership. The problem is, he is talking about it on the NRA platform & the NRA could give LESS THAN A DAMN about protecting Black people’s 2nd Amendment rights. Ask the family of Philando Castille
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) March 24, 2018
— Neal Carter (@nealcarter) March 24, 2018
I have to respond publicly because your NRA video was public.
1. They aren’t simply a news platform.
2. They’ve abandoned us many times over.
3. They’ve targeted & threatened & cruelly insulted us many times over. @KillerMike – I love you. You played yourself.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) March 25, 2018
Black women and LGBTQ folks been told y’all about Killer Mike. Who’s surprised? pic.twitter.com/TUoqz2Zg8L
— Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_) March 24, 2018
Killer Mike refused to be part of an anti-bullying initiative because he feels like sometimes people need to get punched in the face. That might sound badass to some of you but in reality it’s nonsense.
— Touré (@Toure) March 25, 2018