Killer Mike talks radicalism and more, during panel on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Atlanta, Georgia rapper Killer Mike recently joined Dr. Cornel West, Senator Nina Turner, and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to discuss the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

During the panel discussion, which took place at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Killer Mike recalled being mentored by Dr. King’s peers. The Southern wordsmith also discussed Dr. King’s more radical ideas, ideas he says he was never taught in school.

“I have been mentored directly by Andrew Young, Joseph Lowery, Ralph David Abernathy III, and others that were directly involved with Dr. King…We have been sold a load of crock,” Killer Mike said. “We have been given a pretty, little compartment to put Dr. King in that says ‘No matter how much you hurt. No matter how much we stigmatize you. No matter how much we traumatize you, we beat you. As radical as you could go is nonviolence.’ And that’s about where it is. It never talks about the social justice aspect of Dr. King.

“Alice Johnson was a white woman and my mentor, from Chicago,” he added. “She was the first person to introduce me to the radically different ideas of King that directly challenged establishment. They challenged the military-industrial complex. They challenged this country to feed and take care of its poor and mentally ill in a different way…And I had never heard of that. I just heard in school ‘Be nonviolent.’ It was all about desegregation. It absolutely was not only about desegregation.”

Later in the panel, Killer Mike shared his belief that Bernie Sanders is currently fighting for the same issues Dr. King was killed over.

“He was killed for many of the same reasons this man [Bernie Sanders] is campaigning for,” the rapper said. “He was killed because he spoke against the military-industrial complex.”

Video of Killer Mike speaking on the panel on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., can be found below.

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