Listen To Killer Mike Addressing Rioters In Atlanta In The Wake Of George Floyd’s Murder
It has been difficult to concentrate on anything else, while watching the events unfold in many cities, watching riots and several cities burn… America is on fire and plenty of humans, of any color, share the frustration and understand the anger, or should understand the anger. Despite working all day long, I constantly checked social media which released their mixed bag of information and speculation. Yesterday, chaos had erupted in the streets of Minneapolis over the murder of George Floyd, but today unlawful assemblies were reported in Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, Washington,… all across America, and, as expected, some demonstrations turned destructive like in Atlanta, where rioters broke windows and spray-painted the CNN sign, set things on fire, and threw objects to the police,…
It’s a strange feeling, the country was just in lockdown last week, and now people are revolting in the streets, setting trash cans on fires, destroying and looting businesses, expressing a collective frustration. There were some strange rumors and strange events happening all day long, had a race war started around the country? Had undercover cops infiltrated the riots? had the president tweeted a 1967 quote by a racist police chief? Who was this mysterious man with the purple gas mask and the umbrella deliberately breaking windows with a hammer? Once Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, the street anger didn’t even calm down, echoing Martin Luther King’s sentence ‘riot is the language of the unheard,’ retweeted and reposted many times.
It’s chaos at the top of an already chaotic situation due to the coronavirus, and there is not a voice to lead, not a man to step up to put some order? There’s wasn’t one until Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike spoke at Atlanta Mayor’s Press Conference
Mike, whose father served in law enforcement, was visibly moved to tears by the assassination of George Floyd and the vandalism ongoing in the streets of Atlanta, and after saying he didn’t want to come, he gave one of the most poignant and efficient speeches we have heard for a long time: ‘I am duty-bound to be here to simply say: That it is your duty not to burn your own house down for anger with an enemy. It is your duty to fortify your own house, so that you may be a house of refuge in times of organization. And now is the time to plot, plan, strategize, organize, and mobilize,’ declared Mike fiercely.
You could hear his anger behind the tears, ‘I’m mad as hell,’ he said. ‘I woke up wanting to see the world burn yesterday because I’m tired of seeing black men die,’ he added while comparing the way Chauvin killed George Floyd to a lion killing a zebra: ‘So that’s why children are burning it to the ground. They don’t know what else to do. And it is the responsibility of us to make this better right now. We don’t want to see one officer charged, we want to see four officers prosecuted and sentenced. We don’t want to see targets burning, we want to see the system that sets up for systemic racism burnt to the ground.’
Killer Mike, who was a well-known Bernie supporter, told people to fill up the census, and exercise their political power by ‘beating up the politicians you don’t like’… ‘We have to be better than this moment.’ Listen to Killer Mike, he had powerful and meaningful words, and his tone was the tone of a leader.