“It is not time to burn down your own home!”
The quotes above come from rapper and activist Killer Mike.
Before my daughter sent me the video of Killer Mike making his impassioned plea at a press conference on Friday with Atlanta’s mayor, I had never heard of him. I had no idea who Killer Mike was. Now I do.
Killer Mike went on:
“I’m mad as hell. I woke up wanting to see the world burn down yesterday because I’m tired of seeing Black men die. He casually put his knee on a human being’s neck for nine minutes as he died like a Zebra in the clutch of a Lion’s jaw, and we watch like murder porn over and over again. So that’s why children are burning it to the ground: they don’t know what else to do. And it is the responsibility of us to make this better. Right now.
Here’s the entire video:
Susan B. Glasser is a staff writer for The New Yorker. Her story today is called, “Trump Plays Macho Man as America Burns.” In the article Glasser writes about Trump’s sojourn to Cape Canaveral to view “the made-in-the-U.S.A. spacecraft blast off bound for the International Space Station with astronauts aboard, the first time an American craft had done so in nine years.”
“When Trump arrived in Cape Canaveral, though, he seemed to want a campaign ad, not a moment of American reconciliation, and soon after he walked onto the rooftop, the song “Macho Man,” by the Village People, a staple of his campaign rallies, began blaring from the speakers. The spectacle of a florid disco tribute to the President at such a time could not have been more discordant, or the message clearer: it’s all about Trump. It always is.
On Friday, Glasser turned to Twitter to express her dismay at the state of affairs in America in 2020.
- 1974 – The Nixon Impeachment
- 1918 – The Spanish Flu pandemic
- 1929 – The Great Depression
- 1968 – Protests and riots throughout the country
- 2020 – Ugh. We have four of the most horrific years in America’s history all wrapped up in one Trumpian package. And it’s only June 1.
Two final quotes from Killer Mike:
“First taking your butt to the computer and making sure you fill out the census so that people know who you are and where you are.”
“The next thing is you exercise your political bully power and going to local elections and beating up the politicians that you don’t like. Now’s your election to do it.
We all need to heed Killer Mike’s words: Blacks, Latinos, younger voters, older voters, city voters, suburban voters…use your “political bully power.”
We all need to heed Killer Mike’s words because we don’t want to have to add 2021 to Susan Glasser’s list. Because if 2021 makes her list, make no mistake, it will end up worse than 2020!
And that’s not something we want to look forward to.