by G. Brown
Everybody is talking about gun control…even kids and teens who held a massively successful anti-gun rally over the weekend. Hundreds of thousands world wide took part in more than 800 “March for Our Lives” rallies on Saturday.
The event made heroes of young, articulate speakers like 11-year old Naomi Wadler of Alexandria Virginia who took only three minutes to explain to DC protesters how gun violence. is killing Black Americans.
The fifth grader said, “I represent the African American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential. For far too long, these names, these black girls and women, have been just numbers. I’m here to say ‘Never again’ for those girls, too.”
Wadler emerged the sweetheart of the nation and the new face of the effort for gun control. While Wadler and other teens were fighting for their lives, the NRA launched a counter attack to detract from their momentum.
An interview with rapper Killer Mike was aired at the same time as the rallies. The “God in the Building” rapper said “I told my kids on the school walkout, ‘I love you, [but] if you walk out that school, walk out my house…We are a gun-owning family, we are a family that my sister farms, we are a family where we’ll fish and hunt, but we are not a family that jumps on every single thing that an ally of ours does because some stuff we just don’t agree with.”
Killer Mike’s life turned into a verse from one of his rap records as soon as the interviewed aired. Fans turned on the ” Pressure” on social media. So while little Naomi was being celebrated with….
Killer Mike was getting killed by Twitter…
Killer Mike shot the interview last week and the NRA held it until it could do the most damaged. As soon as he realized he was being played, the rapper issued an apology Sunday saying “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.”
The rapper said the interview was “supposed to be something that continued the conversation” specifically on African American gun ownership. But instead the NRA’s use of a high profile Black rapper backfired into a bizarre case of Black (rapper) on Black(fifth grader) crime.
It’s interesting that the NRA wants to use anybody, even Black people now that they may be on the losing side of history. Normally, the idea of Blacks with guns are often referred to in context with thugs, “Black on Black crime”, gang members and drug dealers. The NRA is so desperate to win that it’s picking and serving up any Black celebrity who may help their cause. Killer Mike has been an activist for many worthy social issues, but this time he was nothing more than a shill for a group that doesn’t care about anybody’s cause but their own—namely, sell more guns and ammo.
This isn’t some anti-gun rant because there are just as many questions on the other side. If Blacks get behind the gun control effort, how does that apply to police who are still gunning down unarmed Blacks and getting away with it?
Gun control is not an easy issue. There are so many pros and cons on both sides. But this was a prime case of how big lobbying groups, corporations and politicians will parade out the Black, spokesperson to con Blacks into buying what they are selling. Killer Mike wanted to stand up for something he believed in and got played like one of his records.
What do you think…was little Naomi also played by those pushing for gun control? Is gun control a conversation that applies to the Black community?