Killer Mike spoke to the media’s coverage of the civil unrest in Baltimore in a article he wrote for Billboard.
“I’ve watched Geraldo Rivera and [Wolf] Blitzer pander to the audiences of oppression on TV,” the Atlanta rapper said.
The rapper referenced a recent video that showed “a very sensible man” confronting Rivera, accusing him of slanting the coverage of Baltimore. “We’re the ones that need protection, report for us,” the man said, as Geraldo Rivera smiled and walked away.
Mike also mentioned Blitzer’s reaction to the unrest in Bmore. “He never thought he’d see such violence again in America,” the rapper said. “And he said nearly the exact same words about Ferguson a few months ago.”
Killer Mike said he doesn’t have issues with the police, that his dad was a policeman and the world needs them. He wants to show people the “exhaustion” of the situation and cut down on the “anarchy in the streets” feel. The visuals for his “Close Your Eyes” record embody that. “As a black man,” he says, “it shows what it’s like to wrestle with police in this culture, and secondarily it shows that most police don’t want to be doing this.”
The Run The Jewels rapper rounded out his article with a message.
“For the people of Baltimore — I don’t criticize rioting because I understand it,” he said. “But after the fires die down: organize, strategize and mobilize. Like Ferguson, you have an opportunity to start anew. I don’t have a solution because whoever’s there will have to come up with it. But we need community relations: riots are the language of the unheard.”
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