Late last year, Kanye West was criticized after voicing support for the newly elected president Trump and later meeting him at Trump Tower. Killer Mike has now defended the latter decision, in a Run the Jewels interview with the UK’s Channel 4.
In an interview with Channel 4 News, Killer Mike said: “It didn’t bother me, why wouldn’t you [meet the President]? Black people shouldn’t have permanent friends or enemies, they should have permanent interest. If it wasn’t for Dr. Martin Luther King being willing to meet with people like [Governor] George Wallace, Wallace would have not have ended up – starting as a racist bigot and ending as a person who found God in some way, and appointed more blacks to his office than any other governor since him.”
He went on to compare Kanye’s Trump meeting with that of NFL legend and civil rights activist Jim Brown. “A musician meeting a presidential candidate isn’t important to me like Jim Brown,” he said. “Jim Brown, for the last 50 years, has fought against the oppression of all people. Him sitting with President Trump was a significant thing for me, because I know on the other side of the table he was telling the truth.”
As a long-term civil rights activist, Killer Mike’s words carry weight. The rapper campaigned for left-wing Vermont senator Bernie Sanders during the US presidential election and has been a prominent voice of the Black Lives Matter movement, penning a Billboard op-ed in 2014 on the militarisation of the US police.
Source: Fact Mag