Cleveland, OH — Comedian/actor Nick Cannon led a Black Lives Matter protest outside of the Republican National Convention Monday, promising not to vote and declaring that black people don’t feel safe because cops are “policing our communities.”
“We are going to be out here for the entire convention and make sure our voices are heard,” Cannon said, flanked by several protesters holding signs reading, “I ain’t voting until #BlackLivesMatter.”
“We want to be respected,” the America’s Got Talent host told the crowd, according to the Daily Mail. “We want to feel safe. We want the American Dream. You are messing with our peace of mind. We can’t operate as Americans when we can’t walk outside and feel safe.”
Despite the fact that the America’s Got Talent host endorsed President Barack Obama in 2008 and even did some fundraising for him in 2012, Cannon says both the Democrat and Republican parties are taking black voters for granted.
“Both [parties] aren’t speaking about our issues and they have been taking our votes for granted for far too long,” he said.
Cannon has publicly supported withdrawing from the political process for months. In March, he released a video featuring his slam poetry, entitled, “Too Broke to Vote.”
“Nobody for president, that’s my campaign slogan,” Cannon rhymes in the three-minute music video.
35-year-old Nick Cannon flooded his Twitter and Instagram accounts with photos of the rally and videos of spoken word on Monday outside the Quicken Loans Arena.
“My community brought me down here today and the lack of representation for my community brought me down here today,” Cannon said. “We are just crying for help and we are losing lives by the hour.”
And they’re not backing down. The rapper and comedian, along with Black Lives Matter, will continue to fill the streets with the sounds of their voices throughout the entire convention
The “America’s Got Talent” host also led a BLM protest in NYC earlier this month after Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were shot and killed.