Killer Mike Speaks Directly To Americans About The Problems In Ferguson (Video)
In a recent op-ed piece Billboard, MC Killer Mike pens a warning to Americans and gives his thoughts on the recent murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the subsequent violent reaction by our nation’s government to the protestors and activists in the streets Ferguson, Missouri.
“I have searched all night and day for new and better words that could express my feelings and fear for the people of this country. I found no new words. I have no hope-filled insight to deliver. I only have this warning to all Americans: Whatever this country is willing to do to the least of us, it will one day do to us all.”
As a nation in which our government and officials—including police officers are paid by the citizens to protect and serve the people, Killer Mike notes that this basic principal of America’s foundation has been lost by the wayside to police militarization, noted by comparisons of Ferguson to the events in Egypt and Palestine, excessive force, and “the hunt-and-capture-prey mentality” he believes many police officers are adapting to.
“This week I have seen tanks, rubber bullets and tear gas used by police against the citizens that pay them. This is not Egypt or Syria or Palestine, but today it feels that way. It feels as if death can come, without reason, from a uniformed government official and, if we do not press back against this Blue Wall of Silence and gang-like mentality of our local police, we all are in danger. Whether it is illegal rd stops & checkpoints, where your rights are being violated — through being forced to answer questions that the 5th Amendment protects you from, or illegal stop-and-frisk that the 4th Amendment is designed to protect you from — all of our rights are violated and in danger when any American’s rights are violated.”
“I have chimed in about the brutality that killed this child, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner, and so many others. It’s shameful, but these are not simply words to commiserate; these words, I hope, serve as a wake-up call to all Americans. Our rights are being violated by people we pay daily. This must end, or every American has failed.”
If we do fail in protecting our rights as Americans today, Killer Mike—who is the son of a Georgia police officer—is convinced that one day it could be your son, your daughter, your spouse, your neighbor, or even you who meets the fate of Michael Brown and the numerous victims of senseless, often unjustified acts of police brutality.
“As an American today I simply say: Enough! My rights are precious, and I value those provided to me through the United States Constitution so much. I will never take a day off policing the people we pay and keep a public trust with. I will use my camera, my pen, my pad and my network to do my part, to make sure that American will no longer fear their government or it’s employees. They work for us — not the other way around.”
“Support these victims. On the day they were murdered by rogue officers, all of our rights drained onto that hot concrete along with that child’s blood. Government should fear the people, not the other way around. Salutes and love to all, from a fellow American.”
Enough, indeed. Killer Mike also appeared on CNN to speak on the subject. Check out the video.