• Richard Easson

'Killer Mike' IS Killing It

World-renowned rapper "Killer Mike" called out CNN during a nearly 9-minute speech on Friday. The rapper, whose real name is Michael Render, spoke directly to protesters in an effort to curb rioting across the nation after the death of George Floyd.

"I love CNN, I love Cartoon Network," the rapper pleaded "But, I'd like to say to CNN right now, stop feeding fear and anger every day. Stop making people feel so fearful. Give them hope."

During the riot, protestors descended upon CNN's world headquarters and defaced its property. as well as breached its doors.

Soon after the violence ensued, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, spoke out against the rioting and looting within the city.

"This is not Atlanta. This is not a protest. This is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. This is chaos. A protest has purpose. When Dr. King was assassinated we didn't do this to our city. So if you love this city, this city that has had a legacy of black mayors and black police chiefs and people who care about this city where more than 50 percent of the business owners in metro Atlanta are minority business owners, if you care about this city then go home." she said.

Mayor Bottoms has a point that cannot go unnoticed, so let's take a second and put this into today's perspective.

We can all agree that George Floyd, with the evidence presented at this time, was wrongfully murdered. I also think we can agree that peaceful protest is an effective way of getting a message across. Mayor Bottoms, in her speech, rightfully mentioned Martin Luther King, Jr. MLK led peaceful protests that eventually led to change - take the Selma to Montgomery march, for example. Rosa Parks even led a peaceful but powerful protest in her own way by refusing to give up her seat to a white rider at the front of a bus.

At this present time, millions of people are currently out of work due to COVID-19, but here we have hundreds and even thousands of violent protesters (criminals) destroying the same infrastructure and businesses that they either worked at prior to the pandemic's start or would put them back to work after the restrictions come to an end. Robbing a Uniqlo now for three pairs of pants and a jacket and then selling them is really going to put food on the table for the next month until you have to find a job, right? Oh, right, but you've already burned that place down and that same company will probably never setup shop in that city again. Nice going.

This generation is not honoring George Floyd in any way, shape or form with their destructive ways. They're doing exactly the opposite of what someone like MLK would do. Their priorities are to take selfies in front of burning businesses and post them on Instagram and Facebook. These businesses are the same businesses that people from all different races and backgrounds spent years and all the money they had to build from the ground up. Even businesses with the words "Black-owned business" have not been safe from the destruction of these thugs (a word that even Obama used to describe rioters after Michael Brown's death).

What we need is God back in the picture. We need our leaders, no matter their religious affiliation or faith, to come out and speak about love. All of the major religions preach about love for one another, right? So spread it and pray about it. America is in dire need of action and change, but it can't happen without God's intervention first and then with our follow-through after.