Killer Mike Pens Powerful Op-Ed on Chaos in Ferguson, Missouri
Killer Mike isn’t turning a blind eye to the chaos in Ferguson, Mo. After writing a heartfelt open letter about slain teen Michael Brown’s death last week, the rapper returns to keep the conversation going in a powerful op-ed for Billboard.
Since Brown’s death on Aug. 9, residents in Ferguson have protested the shooting of the unarmed young man, who was killed by a police officer. The Run the Jewels member, like many in the U.S., has watched news reports and seen photos of cops using tear gas and rubber bullets against the people in Ferguson. Tanks and rifles are part of the daily scene, which has added to the conflict in the city. Killer Mike is fearful of what this means for the future of Americans.
“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,” he writes. “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.”
Mike points out that police are paid by the same citizens they’ve taken an oath to protect. By the looks of the current turmoil in Ferguson, the ‘R.A.P. Music’ creator sees cops on a mission to “engage and cage us” rather than keep the public safe.
“Our rights are being violated by people we pay daily,” Mike shares in his missive. “This must end, or every American has failed.”
By supporting victims like Brown and New York resident Eric Garner, who died at the hands of a NYPD police officer in Staten Island last month, Mike says the public takes a stand against cops violating rights detailed in the 4th and 5th Amendment.
“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,” he continues. “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.”
At a time of unrest, he ends his note with “love to all.” Read the full op-ed here.