Atlanta, Georgia rapper Killer Mike spoke on “white slight and white fragility,” while appearing on “Real Time With Bill Maher” earlier this week. In regards to Beyonce’s “Formation” record, the Run The Jewels rapper revealed that the conversation in the song wasn’t meant for white people.
“Speaking of white slight and white fragility,” Killer Mike said. “White people, it’s not always about you. And what I mean by that is, when you hear her talk about the record. She says first, ‘I’m not in the Illuminati.’ She’s talking to other black people saying ‘Look stupid, because I’m not at Ferguson when you want me to be, doesn’t mean I’ve sold you out.’ And then the rest of the first verse is about her telling other black people ‘I like being black. This is the type of black I am. I like the fact my daughter’s black. I like my old Michael Jackson nose. I like my child with an afro. I like me.’ White people that conversation wasn’t even for you.”
Killer Mike later shared his knowledge of the Black Panthers, stating that the group was for “all people” and was considered “a Socialist group for any downtrodden people.”
“I want to say about the Black Panthers—Other white people, the history they teach you in white school it’s not exactly right,” he said. “The Black Panthers were called The Black Panthers, but they weren’t just pro-black people. There was even an Asian Black Panther…The Black Panthers were a Socialist group for any downtrodden people. And at that time, they happened to be black. But they said ‘all people.’ Fred Hampton was 21-years-old and when he talked, he talked about educating the people. Not just the black people. So, white people we’re [immigrating] the Panthers too, so you don’t have to be afraid anymore.”
Video of Killer Mike speaking on Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance and the Black Panthers, can be found below.
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