Lupe Fiasco Addresses Ferguson Protests, Urges Citizens To Become Police Officers

Lupe Fiasco: "Protests and activism satisfy passions for the moment."

Lupe Fiasco, who recently said that he is treated like a third-class citizen by his record label, also recently spoke about protests that have been taking place for Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this month. 

"The tragic death of Mike Brown was the product of a system that can be changed," Fiasco says via Twitter. "Protests & activism satisfy passions for the moment...Long term goals & solutions must be on the minds of folks so events like this never happen again especially once the news leaves...Long term change only happens from within. #LongLiveMikeBrown" 

Fiasco's Twitter message follows several days of protests that have been taking place around the country in the name of Michael Brown. The protests in Ferguson, Missouri have included at least 31 arrests, according to the Los Angeles Times. Demonstrations have been described as everything from peaceful to violent, the news outlet says.

Fiasco joins several acts in speaking about Ferguson, including J. Cole, T.I. and Nelly

Along with these messages, Fiasco has urged fans to look into joining police academies in Missouri.












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78 Comments

  • NAM.H.DO

    agreed if you have a problem with officials and government then join it and vote. Stop talking and start doing.

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  • Anonymous

    LUPE = Fake revolutionary

  • RealShit

    The day to stop making shitty music and to go back to making music that actually means something. The day you open your eyes and realize that you hold and have the power to make a change in the world, a change that is so desperately needed. The day you realize that it's not about the fame. The day you realize that a lot of people, kids, look up to you and that you play a big role in shaping the youth of today into the adults of tomorrow. The day you start giving back instead continuing to take. The day to stop encouraging the youth to paint the chains gold and instead encourage them to completely break free and rid themselves from those chains. The day you realize true leaders create more leaders not followers. The day you realize it's time to put the "thug life" "womanizing" "youth corrupting" "hood" mentality lifestyle to rest and bring forth a new perspective and positive one. The day you ask yourself if you'd let your daughter date the type of man you talk about and portray through your music? You can't be a "real nigga" all your life. Everybody has to grow up sometime. The day you realize you're part of the problem with what's wrong with this world and the youth of today.

  • Anonymous

    Idk if there's a light in the situation its that this has stirred up such a fervor. Racial divide will and always has been such a sensitive and divided topic in america because of its past but it seems that most people disagree with what happened which is a good sign i think. at least we're awakening to the problems we just gotta work to limit them together

  • CL

    i think lupe's doing two things. 1) poking fun at how easy it is to be a cop and that it should be changed 2) we should become cops so that we can start the change internally and we could internally prevent cops from committing these crimes by using the authority how it should be used. essentially, become an officer and obtain rank so you can actually have authority over cops and say 'no, this is wrong. this is actually how we should be doing our job and we will do just that.' then again, no one should have to tell cops how to act; they should be doing their job faithfully and justly, how the job is supposed to be done. also, won't be following this post so no need to reply. just providing an alternate view.

  • BS

    Some comments have been mine and others not... However, I do want to apologize to anyone who I offended. You come from different life's and have your reasons for your beliefs. I just wish we all could do better. FYI the only show I watch on Fox is the 5. It's worth a look see.

    • Anonymous

      you ain't offend me, but if you come here unbiased and open minded, we can talk about what's REALLY wrong in our society that we will inherit my original statement should have showed you that I watch many versions of "news", even worldwide journalism

  • Anonymous

    Intelligence? LOL you're a biased plant. Surprised you ain't watching your FOX prime time news. Me and the homies going to the bar and play some pool. See ya!

    • Anonymous

      oh yeah, notice he didn't deny the infiltrating part. Kinda hard to reply to him when dx tells you you're blocked or need to remove things in your comment. notice how my penmanship is so much better now! be aware brothers told y'all they be here! peace!

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  • Anonymous

    *represent them (yes they are white)

  • Anonymous

    "BS" is an infiltrator 3x had a problem responding. BTW my homies want me to tell you you don't represent ut are actually the opposite of them. HipHop lovers don't have to state what they percentage of sales their race does to verify their existence. Goodbye.

  • Anonymous

    Obama's half brother who lives in a Kenyan slum wrote a book, in it he said Kenya was better for the people when white colonialists were in charge.

  • Sam Cooke Said..

    Thank you, Lupe. I always wondered why celebrities dont use their social media presence for good. I'd be posting links to Change.org petitions, etc. Great start, Lupe!

  • Anonymous

    black ppl in america are so funny and cool. being black is cool. i wish i was black

  • Anonymous

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  • BS

    Let the black communities have black cops and the white communities have both and whatever other races minus Muslim be cops in their communities. I think they should start with Ferguson as the first trial city... What do y'all think would happen over the next 5 years in Ferguson? Safer, cleaner or scarier, dirtier?

    • D@mn!!!

      Lol at the statement "If your saying whites can't like hip hop then there would be no hip hop bc we fund 90 some odd % of it..."So U believe there would B no hip hop if the wht. funding stopped?! LMAO! It would probably B ALOT better! Now I believe U were trying 2 dispel racism w/ that comment BUT U kinda made it worse... IJS

    • BS

      No shit Sherlock!! I'm sticking up for the typical white man who has never done anything racist. If your saying whites can't like hip hop then there would be no hip hop bc we fund 90 some odd % of it so get bent with that rhetoric... Racism is alive and in full bloom in the ghettos around the US. Blame any and everyone other than oneself... That has to be miserable...

    • Anonymous

      You're a conservative, you wish for segregation and the return of the Jim Crow Era. Muslim is a religion not a race, this is your intelligence showing us your prejudice. Why are you even here?

  • Anonymous

    black cops > white cops

    • Anonymous

      Yet another retard who is wrong, there are fucking asshole blacks too, it's more like Good cops > bad cops

  • RIGHT FIST

    YOU SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO POLICE A COMMUNITY YOU DO NOT LIVE IN... PERIOD

    • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    i luh black america very much

  • Anonymous

    white ppl created racism #fact #truth #100

  • Anonymous

    black ppl needs to send all of them racist crakkas back to europe.

  • Kramer

    But the asshole Mike Brown did something wrong. Why is everyone having a hard time with that? The cop did what he was trained to do. Idiot Mike Brown shouldnt have done what he did! Now everyone is acting like animals down there and saying Whites are bad. Crazy!

  • Anonymous

    It's not a white vs black issuer, and as long as you see it that way things won't change. You have to get mad at your black brothers when they kill each other, or glorify it in a song. When kids are killed in drive bys you fuckers BETTER be out protesting then too if you EVER want to be taken seriously or make any kind of long term change. Protest ALL wrongful deaths, did you morons know there are white dudes getting fucked and killed by police too? Protest for them too...otherwise shut the fuck up and chill in the background

    • Anonymous

      And what you don't understand is THEY DO, just isn't the media fanfare. They have rallies, community events, programs, counseling, press conferences, family talks, sermons. Perhaps you should blame the media for your peeve and your inability to not be able to get this type of information I stated.

    • Anonymous

      Stop complicating things fuck, it's pretty simple, comes down to individuals, there a good and bad black and there are good and bad Asians, and so on. There are also good cops who keep you feeling safe from people booting in your door any given day to take all of your shit , and murdering your whole family, yes hat stuff still happens but for he most part it doesn't because there is a system in place. Don't get me wrong there are fucking ignorant pigs who just look for trouble or pull you over cause your wearing a ball cap, I get it, but like I said at the top, you want to protest for justice, then protest when a blood shoots up a neighbourhood and kills a child or an innocent young kid during it, not just when a white cop kills a black person....or we won't take you seriously, plain and simple

    • Anonymous

      "That is how white people see each other" ^ no you don't. Just like I said, y'all just won't admit your flaws, still trying to emit that superior, perfect in all things trash The fallacy of "I only see one color" is you still wish perpetuate the systematic discrimination that has the segregated neighborhoods, schools, unequal job pay and positions, and unfair practices of law and enforcement while you "hang" with other ethnic groups. You still conscious or unconsciously think "me first".

    • Ok

      @Anon that replied to me You still can't answer my question can you? "I do not see color" means "I see you as an individual first." That is the goal of equality. We had equality before desegregation, we fought for acceptance and that was a dumb move. MLK figured that out a little too late, actually figuring that out cost him his life. Malcolm X knew it and it cost him his life.

    • No...Again.

      Lol @ Anonymous third post. You're name calling now, so I must be on to something. One of the biggest fallacies of the "I don't see color" line of thought is that you have to strip someone of their racial identity in order to see them as "an individual". You don't. That's the bullshit about it that people who say it all the time can't reconcile ("You mean, I can recognize you're a black/latino/asian/white guy and STILL see you as an individual?! *head explodes*). This is almost on some textbook, reverse racism okie doke shit. Talking about racism is actually racist. Also, I sincerely doubt you have any deeper understanding than the civil rights movement than I do (I could be wrong but you're proving otherwise). That movement was about equality AND justice, which are two different concepts. America itself was (supposed) to be founded on the idea of a "melting pot", we're not a homogenous country, we celebrate the differences. If you don't get that, you're an American in location only. But you don't seem that bright. You're on a hip-hop site using a forum that celebrates black culture to espouse your grand ideas of how to save us from ourselves. I'll speak on behalf of the black delegation when I say. MISS US WITH THAT BULLSHIT.

    • Anonymous

      "Name an all white town with an all black police force killing their residents." We can talk about all black neighborhoods where white people are beaten, robbed, and killed where none of them become police officers, necessitating a white police force by process of subtraction. Then we can talk about how the white media reports this as if black people are another species, and we can talk about white academia that talks about them like they're children and "they don't know any better." We can talk about how purposeful afro-centric "othering" coming from black intellectuals and activists creates more divisions between the races while hypocritically seeking to bring people together. We can talk about how the ironic sentiment with those same black intellectuals - talking of cultural appropriation, demanding black boys be treated differently than everyone else, and saying black culture needs to distance itself - is a way of thinking leading to segregation. This is a fucking backwards society where emotional idiots want to conflate class issues with racial issues in a clumsy, hail-mary plea for total social segregation and it's disgusting.

    • Anonymous

      as a black man i agree with all of this

    • Anonymous

      ^dude they still act like they have no problems! How many times have you heard them on the news surprised about something happening in their neighborhood, saying they thought so & so were a happy family, were a nice person because they said hi (like someone doing wrong would tell them they were), when they live on planet Earth? Half of them don't even know the drug problems in their hood but swear they know the community. Best thing to do is identify those people who live in oblivion and stay away from them.

    • Anonymous

      "'I don't see color'. I WANT YOU TO SEE COLOR." Okay, so everyone sees black people as uneducated, violent, sensitive, overly-emotional people who riot at a moment's notice and don't appreciate what it means to exist in a society. Better? Fucking dumbass, saying "I do not see color" means "I see you as an individual first." That is the goal of equality. That is the goal of every single fucking civil rights movement on the planet, from gay rights to womens' rights. That is how white people see each other, that is how every racial majority sees each other. This new fucking annoying afro-centric bullshit is just stepping back 30 years and saying "no see us as different first and then forget all that later." Fuck you.

    • Ok

      Name an all white town with an all black police force killing their residents. You can't so shut the fuck up saying there's no white vs black issue because it always has been, you said all the things racist white people say to deflect what ya'll do. We know we gotta clean our own backyards but it doesn't give ya'll the right to burn down our house.

    • Anonymous

      cosign what ^^no said

    • ^^ No

      So much wrong with your condescending bullshit statements, it's hard to know where to begin. You seem like one of the types to say something like, "I don't see color". I WANT YOU TO SEE COLOR. I want you to recognize I'm a black man, and it not make you inherently afraid. I want you to see me for who I am, saying that THAT's the reason problems arise is short sighted at best, stupid as fuck at worst. Then you parrot the black on black crime argument. Another example that you are far removed from any experience of growing up remotely close to ANYONE's hood or you'd know we're upset whenever a black kid is senselessly killed. You need to educate yourself on the MANY initiatives in MANY different cities, or, since this is a hip hop site and you seem comfortable consuming black culture (but not wanting to be black), you can youtube Self Destruction and see we've been protesting violence in our hoods for years. The difference is when someone is SUPPOSED to PROTECT you, and can kill you with impunity. There are not nearly as many white dudes getting killed or fucked up by police, a simple got damn google search will show you that. And if they are, best believe those cops are getting the book thrown at them. It's about justice across the board. Log off, man.

  • Lupe Don't read

    Ol dumb ass lupe the Dread Scott decision happened in St. Louis those white people never had any regard for black people on no damn police force i just interviewed one of the only black people on the ferguson force during the rodney king riots in l.A. they gave him a paid leave of absence due to him being a conflict of interest until the riots in L.A. were over. He said himself they hired him for civil rights requirements. alot of you people have no fkn understanding of history it's certain people not a damn invisible system they control it for gods sake

    • Anonymous

      You're comment lost all credence once you opened with the following line "Ol dumb ass lupe the Dread Scott" Pathetic grow up loser

  • Anonymous

    Mirrors my thoughts exactly, you can only change the system from within, call it the virus syndrome, yet, people only want to vent. Yep, you vent and rant, vent and rent....whatever till something similar happens. Too busy keeping it 'real', real dumb, high or emo.

    • Anonymous

      Peace god, apologies all around.

    • Anonymous

      I live by the blanket of protection, from 111 Nostrand Ave, pointing out your perception of face value and the stray tricknowledge. I read them books, yes are registered, got out the hood, eating and giving back. Been on the island for trumped up charges, profiled, recognize you talking to an a-alike look at your response original....."Dumb fuck do you know what house negro means? Dumb fuck, you probably don't and that is the reason clowns like you-I assume you are black (but in truth you might be a fruity white boy dreaming of sucking black dick) stay by the liquor store bumming for a dollar or 40+ years old still waiting for your sister with the welfare check......."....tell me that ain't the white bigot's mentality, dealing in emotions, not knowledge notice I said house negro MENTALITY, not YOU'RE a house negro. Nothing wrong with apologizing and banding together after the fact. That's what this incident is about for us, we need more unity holla back I'm around and not your enemy

    • Anonymous

      yeah laugh all you want, well, guess, my perspective will always be different from yours, why? Been through the system, dealt with the bullshit, traveling, yes, even with a criminal background, see different systems and map out strategies. One strategy is to stop thinking people owe you, nobody owes, bruh. Registered voter? Hein, and you will vote to do what? To change the system, no. And you need to read up, if you check black history-read up on W.E.B. Dubois, read up on the concept of the Talented Tenth, but don't stop there read up on the Asians, Jews and see tactics used etc... White bigot? I don't think so, Arm Leg Leg Arm Head. Old heads? I got fam from the deepest and proudest Caribbean background, I know the difference between being told your ancestors were black men and women who freed themselves and did not wait for a white savior.

    • Anonymous

      Lol, nope. Don't drink, no sister, not 40+ years old. And a registered voter. But you got that white bigot's version of what a Black person you don't know lives like in your head. I have no problem going to the corners and kicking it with them brothers and sisters. Inviting them to the house to BBQ. Look out for the family while they're off working or looking for a job. Respecting those 40+ as OG's and listen to their experience. That's how you start that change. The system is so corrupt it needs to be eradicated and updated for modern times. You're changing nothing with a large group of white men in control of corporations, lobbyists, and the legislative branch of the US. Look at the stark difference between my Black reality and yours.

    • Anonymous

      Faggot white boy mentality

    • ^^^

      Dumb negro mentality.

    • Anonymous

      Dumb fuck do you know what house negro means? Dumb fuck, you probably don't and that is the reason clowns like you-I assume you are black (but in truth you might be a fruity white boy dreaming of sucking black dick) stay by the liquor store bumming for a dollar or 40+ years old still waiting for your sister with the welfare check.

    • Anonymous

      ^house negro mentality

  • Anonymous

    No one cares about Lupe Fischo or Kendrick Lamar, but hipsters or wierdos. The streets need that new French Montana single.

  • yeahiknow

    The only time the country, especially the media, cares if a black man is gunned down is if a white man kills him. Over 200 people have been killed in Chicago this year, the majority being young black men, and CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC haven't said a thing about it. The media wants to get their story and foster more hate in our society. If they can find an oppressed group, whether it be blacks, gays, illegal immigrants, whomever, they can make a story about it and work towards their cause of dividing the populace.

    • Anonymous

      Blame? You didn't read your own words. I didn't know Al Jazeera & BBC were Liberals. It's OK, you've already told us who you really are.

    • All Facts

      Just so we're clear: The major component of who commits a crime against who is based mostly on proximity. This is why the ratio of intraracial (between the same race) crime is ROUGHLY THE SAME FOR BLACK AND WHITE. Don't let these clowns fool you into using this black-on-black terminology. People don't refer to this psyco MMA fuckface beating the shit outta his porn star girlfriend as "white-on-white" crime. That's purely the jig. If someone gets shot in the hood, if the police catch them, their going to jail. The outrage is the injustice. Again, do some research on the many, many, many initiatives across the country to curtail inner city violence. You're in front of the internet right now for God's sake. We're up in arms because cops shouldn't be able to kill people with no accountability. All you have to do is prove that a black guy was scary, and you walk, which is clearly bullshit.

    • BS

      Love to blame anybody but oneself... It's like an addict who always justifies his/her behavior... Why should FOX be the ones to do something? Obama should of been all over this, but he decided to care less than most. It's truly saddening and deflating to see how little he has done to better the African Am. Community. He has done nothing but flame racial tensions. Obama and all the other medias and politicians attack FOX bc they call out all their bs and creepiness. Get to understanding and comprehending. Stop the stupidity. Pick up a book if you have too.

    • Anonymous

      Fox News brings up Chicago all the time, to point fingers at black on black crime while they have absolutely zero solutions to curtail it or present anyone there trying to make a difference. They're all for the program cuts and corporate wage theft and more police (like the force in Camden NJ) to make it worse. MSNBC speaks about it but the ignorant don't like Rev Al or know who Joy Reid is. Chris Hayes & Rachel Maddow been discussing it. CNN is the Wolf Blitzer Channel, they still looking for the missing plane and worried about Israel. Al Jazeera America speaks on it but the ignorant think it's a terrorist news channel so they don't watch it. BBC America touches on it but ignorant don't watch it, they think it's European news. The reality is people don't care about that part of Chicago. And yes prior media has programmed them to be that way. Just listen to them and don't seek out YOUR OWN information.

    • BS

      Fox News talks about the black on black crime a lot... They've been yapping about it for 4-5 years, especially the Chicago crime so your statement isn't completely right. CNN and all the other medias and Liberal Politicians don't talk about it bc they don't care. This is their voting base and viewers so they don't give a shit about the deaths. They are in this bitch to get rich, not do what's best for the whole. Stop believing the BS for the lack of intelligence and understanding, plus infestation will be the reason why the US falls from being the strongest country... Talk about less then zero hope and change...

  • Anonymous

    This is the only sensible shit that has come out of this whole fucking debacle.

  • J J

    ima become a cop just so i can shoot a red neck in the head twice and get away with it..this world is filled with too much white trash...

    • Anonymous

      he never got away with it dummy he will more than likely be charged with murder whether mike brown had it coming or not...

  • Buckk Naasti

    It's tragic when someone punches a cop in a tussle for his weapon and then charges at the officer and gets shot after robbing a local business. So tragic. And to think, he was headed to college next week. Such a good kid

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