Rapper apologizes after NRA interview backlash

30 March, 2018, 00:50 | Author: Conrad Doyle
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Along with his apology Killer Mike told student activists and youth organizers to continue doing their work. "To all the kids from Parkland getting ready to use your First Amendment to attack everyone else's Second Amendment at your march on Saturday, I wish a hero like Blaine had been at Marjory Douglas High School last month", Colion Noir said.

The artist sat down with NRA host Colion Noir a week before the protest, but NRATV broadcast the segment, which Killer Mike said was meant to focus on supporting black gun ownership, during the march. "That was unfair to you and that was wrong". As your ally-and I am your ally, young people-I wanna say that numerous people I organize with were at that march, whether it was ending racism or ending classism or numerous people that agree with some of the social ideas, like free health care, fair wages, fair earning for women, gay and lesbian rights, black rights in particular around community policing of black men. "It's possible to do both", he said. "It's a video outlet for the NRA, created to push their propaganda, and it's propaganda that is demonstrably hostile to people who look like you and me". "I would like to give all thoughts and prayers to the people who are out there peacefully protesting", he said. He said the interview took place a week ago, and was disappointed that the NRA chose to run the interview on the same day as the rally. Dana says that the tears of white mothers are like ratings. And that's so true and it was so sad to hear her acknowledge it, but it's true, and black people know it's true.

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If you think that public discourse about gun control is bad for the NRA, its Twitter reputation belies that notion.

Killer Mike, together with El-P, is behind the duo Run The Jewels.

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The figures follow on from the March for Our Lives protest in the U.S., in which hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington DC to call for tighter gun laws. "We are a gun-owning family, we are a family that my sister farms, we are a family where we'll fish and hunt, but we are not a family that jumps on every single thing that an ally of ours does because some stuff we just don't agree with", added Killer Mike, who was a visible and vocal supporter of Vermont Sen. He made some excellent points about Black gun ownership. "Ask the family of Philando Castille". "That's my take on it". While he initially stood by his stance, the continued backlash prompted Mike to issue an apology.

In the interview with NRA TV, the Atlanta rapper advocated for black gun ownership and discouraged his children from participating in school walkouts as a form of protest. Estimates of America's civilian gun ownership are as high as 310 million.

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