Killer Mike Is Sorry His NRA Video Was ‘Used As a Weapon’ Against Student Protesters
After coming under fire for an interview supporting gun ownership that he did for NRATV, which was released on the same day at the March For Our Lives rally, Killer Mike has apologized.
Although most progressive black folks didn't have issue with the concept of black gun ownership, that Mike went on NRATV, an organization that has long been accused of racism and anti-black rhetoric, was confounding for most. Most pointed to the organization's silence on the killing of Philando Castile as an example of where the NRA stands with black people.
Yesterday, the Atlanta rapper/activist issued an apology to the kids who participated in the march, saying that he's long been an activist and an organizer, and supports young people who who take the initiative to stand up for their rights. He said the interview took place a week ago, and was disappointed that the NRA decided to run the interview on the same day as the rally.
"I did an interview about black gun ownership in this era. That interview was used a week later by NRATV to disparage a very noble campaign that I actually support,” he explained. “I'm sorry that an interview I did about a minority -- black people in this country -- and gun rights was used as a weapon against you guys. That was unfair to you and it was wrong, and it disparaged some very noble work you're doing,"
He apologized that the interview was used the way that it was.
"It should never have been used in contrast to your march, and I think it's wrong. To the young people who worked tirelessly to organize, I'm sorry adults chose to do this," he said. "I'm sorry NRATV did that."
You can check out his explanation and apology to the students below.
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