David Banner On America's Message: "Black Folks, If You Don't Make Me Comfortable, We Will Kill You"

David Banner says his recent tweets were taken out of context, speaks on psychology of violence against black youth.

Mississippi rapper David Banner clarified comments he made following the shooting death of Missouri teen Michael Brown, during an appearance on CNN yesterday (August 12). The wordsmith revealed that his words were taken out of context and also shared that part of what he tweeted didn’t have anything to do with what was going on in Ferguson, Missouri although it still applied.

Banner was specifically asked about the following tweets during his appearance on CNN:




The rapper went on to further elaborate on his tweet about the psychology of violence against black youth.

“It was definitely taken out of context,” Banner said. “And first of all on Sundays I always dialogue with my fans. I always push my fans to think. And at the time that had nothing to do with what was going on in Ferguson. But it still applies. What I was saying is is that white cops do not see value in young, black men. And the reason why a lot of young, black men—not all black men, kill each other is because they don’t see any value either. So many people have bought into this Americanized system and America historically has always tortured, killed, and enslaved black people. And I have not forgot that. So, in me saying that there’s a reason why we don’t see value. But it’s different because cops are paid to protect us.”

Banner was then asked if black teens should watch what they wear and monitor their actions in order to avoid confrontations.

“Honestly, I disagree with that,” he said. “Because you tell me what didn’t Trayvon Martin do that our parents teach us? He did everything he was supposed to do. He acknowledged that he was there. He got on the phone. He called somebody. He said ‘Aye, you need to get away from me.’ He ran away. It’s like what are you supposed to do? You put your hands up. You tell them that you don’t have a gun. The thing that America is telling our children—And this is the sad part, that ‘Black folks, if you don’t make me comfortable we will kill you.’”

In addition to David Banner, other Hip Hop artists who reacted to the shooting of Mike Brown via social media included Big Boi, 9th Wonder, and Killer Mike, who published the following statement in a post made on Instagram:

“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 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 govt 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.”

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34 Comments

  • Anonymous

    kick da truth to da young black youth!

  • Anonymous

    real talk banner, real talk.

  • triPAUD

    real fucking talk david banner, u tell him.

  • Anonymous

    real nigaz don't die!

  • Anonymous

    no g...at times I wonder if I'm going to die because of my skin tone. never really gave thought of all the stuff I do watch for on the daily that David Banner mentioned. When reading it it's crazy, but true

  • Anonymous

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  • killakm

    fully agree,we as blacks don't own anything,hell even Africa is divided between Europe,Middle East and China.If you know there will be no repercussion,you wont have a second thought when in self fear or anger.my people ownership and understanding finances is the key. don't get it twisted a riot is fully overstand(able)no revolution is done without bloodshed but start at home

  • Anonymous

    Pidge got emotional everyone. Pass this little ho a box of Kleenex.

  • Anonymous

    My last pay check was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My sisters friend has been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can't believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is what I do,,,,,, ============================ WWW.CASHTOT.COM ============================

  • Anonymous

    I love how all these dudes conveniently forget when they were fucked with by black cops.

  • Anonymous

    Black parents....stop telling your kids to worry. thats where your parents fucked up. were in a different time. not 200 years ago. we've had 40 presidents since then... and ones even black. Time to stop being babys telling your kids to fear for their life at all times.

    • iLL

      Sounds like the streets of Chicago need to be cleaned...literally LOL!

    • Anonymous

      Chicago Resident - Empty liquor bottles and garbage everywhere is not a cops issue. Houses with holes and boarded up windows is not a cops issue. Crackheads on every corner is not a cops issue. You have created this environment. You complain that cops don't serve the neighborhood yet you shit on them every chance you get and don't cooperate with them to clean up your streets. You allow gangs to rule your communities through fear.

    • Anonymous

      One usually fears for his life when he talks shit, or gets physical with someone with a gun. Parents, teach your kids how to act around law enforcement. This way you won't have to attend their funeral, or have to go through the motions with Al Sharpie when he starts screaming lawsuit.

    • SMFH

      @Chicago Resident STFU your mother should of swallowed you

    • CHICAGo resident

      so stop parents are only giving their kids a heads up, they are NOT BEING BABYS you uninformed piece of shit. Come out to the fuckin hood of Chicago and get profiled, i would love see you try and attempt to have the same mind state..Word UP

    • CHICAGo resident

      your comment is probably based off your immediate environment and everyday interactions, somewhere fairly well off....now put yourself in a place where cops only patrol when gunshots sound off, empty liquor bottles and nasty garbage all over a potholed filled street and houses that have at least one hole in the side of them, boarded up windows and crackheads at every other corner.....yo shit is different in every region.

  • Anonymous

    Stfu they freak out when a mexican or white person from the streets gets mad too. its about how you dress and hold yourself. if a black dude with glass's and a pocket protector started getting mad in front of me id laugh about it. if any street mother fucker is in front of me and im not making him comfortable. ima be a little bit worried? so would your mama and anyone else. its not "black youth" its street youth...

    • SMFH

      CO-SIGN 100 percent!

    • Anonymous

      sound *stupid* as f-ck I see brothers in suits and uniforms get profiled, old brothers, young brothers, brothers with their children, you obviously ain't out there, you repeating what everyone else is saying

    • Anonymous

      silly mortal, go read a newspaper and some books, you sound sound as f-ck right now. cops even accosted a Mass. professor in front of his house, stfu and let the grown people talk boy

  • Anonymous

    David Banner, stop whining. We all know you wish you were white.

    • SMFH

      yeah, yeah, you'll slap him, we surely believe you...just another angry black booger nosed kid

    • PIDGEOTTO

      ILL SLAP THE FUCK OUT YOU, do your fucckin research you piece of shit, Banner done more for him and his people than you, your parents, your grandparents, your future kids and your future kids kids, will EVER DO FOR THEMSELVES NIQQA!!!!!!

  • SMFH

    Get off your soap boxes

  • Anonymous

    Only Farrakan can stop it. Farrakhan for president!

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