Emmett Till’s Family Open Letter To Lil Wayne
It’s been about a week since Lil Wayne jumped on Future’s track “Karate Chop” and made an (Unauthorized) part 2. But after all the public backlash about Weezy’s disrespectful reference to Emmett Till, the boy’s family has issued an Open Letter to Dwyane Carter. Check out the tongue lashing inside.
14 yr old Emmett Till is often referred to as “The Face of Racism” after being beaten and killed in 1955 for allegedly flirting with a white woman in Mississippi. And of course, Lil Wayne decides to allude to this moment in Black History and degrade women at the same damn time. Click to hear
The Mamie Till Mobley memorial foundation recently released the following statement regarding the Lil Wayne’s hurtful lyrics on the Karate Chop Remix.
“The words we speak are powerful enough for preservation of life but also have the capacity to destroy it. When you spit lyrics like “Beat that p—-y up like Emmett Till”, not only are you destroying the preservation and legacy of Emmett Till’s memory and name, but the impact of his murder in black history along with degradation of women.
The tongue possesses power! I could offer you a history lesson and talk about the trailblazers that paved the way for our people and lyricists to engage in freedom of speech such as Marcus Garvey, Nat Turner, Frederick Douglass, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mamie Till Mobley; but this isn’t an argument about freedom of speech. It is critical that we stay true to urgency of the hour… our youth! Your “celebrity” thrusts you into the spotlight affording you the opportunity to embrace your role as a black man, father, friend, and artist that has the ability to reach international audiences. Are you bothered in the least by the staggering statistics of the extinction of our children?”
Read the full letter via VIBE here
I admit Lil Wayne was once my favorite rapper (pre-2008). But now he is just a clown!
Who feed Weezy After Mid-night?? Bright light, Bright light!!