The recent death of 18-year-old Michael Brown is just one of many tragedies that spark anger in the African-American community, but that anger does not stop in local communities.
Black Hollywood is angry as well, and many have expressed themselves through various social networks. Some of the celebrities that have offered their two cents are rapper J. Cole, singer Anita Baker, and rapper/actor David Banner.
Banner, in particular, has voiced his opinion on not only the crime on the Black community but to overall racism as well.
There is a deepening tension between the police and the Black community, and it only gets worse when we hear of stories such as Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, and many others. Banner addressed this tension on CNN.
He explained the meaning behind some of the tweets that he posted this week because his intended messages did not reach his fans as well as he thought it would.
Earlier this week Banner tweeted: “Our situation is more psychological than people will admit. Black kids kill black kids for the same reason cops do. They see no value.”
This particular tweet was quite offensive to some. A blogger on MadameNoir.com responded to the tweet on Monday saying:
“Banner’s tweet seems to suggest that he’s dealing with some of his own psychological baggage, where no matter what, Black people are always somehow deserving of unethical, inhumane and downright evil treatment. I know I love and value myself and all people.”
Banner responded to comments like the one above on CNN by saying that his tweets were taken out of context.
“What I was saying is white cops do not see value in young, black men,” he said. “And the reason why a lot of young, black men – not all black men – kill each other is because they don’t see any value either.”
Banner said that the tweets were in no relation to the events in Ferguson, but it still applied to the situation.
Banner is known to be one of the most intellectual minds in hip-hop, and he is one of the few celebrities that speak up on issues that seem to go unnoticed. I do not think he meant any harm in his words. If anything, he wants positive change in the Black community just as much as the rest of us.