Killer Mike Delivers Emotional Speech to Atlanta Protesters at Mayor’s Press Conference

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“We don’t wanna see Targets burning. We want to see the system that sets up for systematic racism burnt to the ground.”

Killer Mike speaking into a microphone.
Killer Mike (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage).

Last evening (May 29), rapper and activist Killer Mike gave a speech on the Atlanta Mayor’s Press Conference. Mike’s speech was in response to protests stemming from the dying of George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis on May 25 after Derek Chauvin, who’s been charged with third-degree homicide and manslaughter, used his knee to pin him down.

Mike begins his speech by asserting his respect for law enforcement officials, and mentioning members of the family who served in regulation enforcement, together with his father. He additionally acknowledges the truth that black law enforcement officials have confronted racism inside the police division for many years. “Here we are 80 years later, ” Mike mentioned, “and I watched a white officer assassinate a black man.” He continued:

I’m duty-bound to be right here to easily say: That it’s your responsibility to not burn your individual home down for anger with an enemy. It is your responsibility to fortify your individual home, so that you could be be a home of refuge in occasions of group. And now’s the time to plot, plan, strategize, manage, and mobilize.

Elsewhere in his speech, Mike inspired voting in native elections, and advocated for systemic change. “I’m mad as hell,” he mentioned. “I woke up wanting to see the world burn yesterday, because I’m tired of seeing black men die. He casually put his knee on a human being’s neck for nine minutes as he died like a zebra in the clutch of a lion’s jaw.” Mike added:

So that’s why youngsters are burning it to the bottom. They don’t know what else to do. And it’s the duty of us to make this higher proper now. We don’t wish to see one officer charged, we wish to see 4 officers prosecuted and sentenced. We don’t wish to see targets burning, we wish to see the system that units up for systemic racism burnt to the bottom.”

Killer Mike’s speech adopted one given by rapper and Atlanta native T.I.. Earlier this week, Mike penned an op-ed in Colorlines supporting black gun ownership.