Speaking at a press conference on Friday night as protests turned destructive, the Atlanta natives, rappers, and businessmen made a case for protecting Atlanta. Rapper and activist Killer Mike Mike, who is half of hip-hop group Run The Jewels, made the tearful address alongside Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and rapper T.I. in a press conference addressing protestors took to the streets of Atlanta over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer put his knee into his neck for over eight minutes.
We share this speech because we feel Killer Mike’s words should be heard by every Black Community not just in Atlanta. To finish, he then pleaded with Atlantans to return home, and get to work on enabling systemic change.
“I’m mad as hell. I woke up wanting to see the world burn yesterday, because I’m tired of seeing Black men die,” said Killer Mike, whose real name is Michael Santiago Render.
But even though he was mad as hell, but he urged the need to hold the elected officials and politicians’ feet to the fire. He told those who were angry to plot, plan, strategize, organize, and mobilize, and hold their politicians to account.
“It is time to beat up prosecutors you don’t like at the voting booth, it is time to hold mayoral offices accountable, chiefs and deputy chiefs,” Killer Mike urged. Black Westchester echoes that sentiment to all of our readers.
While he said that he was “tired of seeing Black men die” and that he understood the demonstrators’ anger, he pleaded with them not to destroy the city and to focus their rage on other forms of peaceful protest.
“I watched a white officer assassinate a Black man, and I know that tore your heart out, and I know that’s crippling…” he said, later referencing peaceful demonstrations of Martin Luther King, who was also from Atlanta, Ga.
“So I am duty-bound to be here to simply say that it is your duty not to burn your own house down for anger with the enemy. It is your duty to fortify your own house, so that you may be a house of refuge in times of organization, and now is the time to plot, plan, strategize, organize and mobilize.”
LeBron James also shared the speech, calling it a “mandatory listen.”