“Beat That Pussy Up Like Emmett Till” – Lil Wayne

Rapper Future Defends Lil Wayne’s Hurtful Reference to Emmett Till

by Maria Lloyd

Following outrage from the African-American community over Lil Wayne’s hurtful reference to Emmett Till on rap artist Future’s song titled “Karate Chop”, respected music industry executive LA Reid, Epic Records, and Lil Wayne himself have denounced their support of the lyrics and vowed to remove it when the official song is released. In other words, all parties involved seem to be in agreement that Lil Wayne hit below the belt; however, rapper Future does not appear to be on board with his manager, record label, and colleague.

In a recent interview with MTV, the rapper did not disclose how he feels about the outcry, instead, he focuses on discussing the song and saying it was “a hot song.” Here’s what he said: ”Man it was a hot song. You know what I’m saying? We did it from a good place with great intentions. Just being — uh — just to add some life onto the song — the record. You know what I mean? It was did from a good place. Good, good art. He didn’t have no bad intentions. Wasn’t even thinking about it like that. It was used in a different way, but I understand. So at the end of the day we’re gonna move on from it and find a way to build.”  The 27-year-old newcomer’s arrogant response to the matter will probably seal his fate and future (no pun intended) in the music industry.

There is no way a person who knows the story of Emmett Till would allow a colleague to slander Till’s legacy with vulgar lyrics that are to be promoted and distributed to a young, African-American audience. Future and Lil Wayne are prime examples of what the black community has been missing for decades: Knowledge of self. As Rev. Jeremiah Wright once told a congregation: Teach children “African-American history and not the one taught by our enemies who distort our history, diss our history.” It is obvious that neither Future nor Lil Wayne have had any real understanding of black history. So, who’s to blame for their ignorance? The entire black community.

Ever since the drug epidemic, the black community’s division has become more evident. Far too many well-to-do African-Americans have turned their backs on those who are in poverty, including the children, and refuse to lend a helping hand. These same “self-aware” — if you will — African-Americans will quickly criticize the uneducated, “unaware” population of African-Americans when they do and/or say things that are embarrassing to the community at large. We were once a village. A tight-knit community that watched out for one another and took pride in building a family under one roof, but unfortunately, those traditions have left us. Today we pride ourselves on having a 72 percent out-of-wedlock childbirth and skyrocketing high school drop-outs, high school pregnancies, and HIV/AIDs infections.

So, instead of condemning persons who are part of the Millennial generation, attempt to understand the source of their ignorance and lend a helping hand. Educate them. Love them. Respect them. If they refuse your help, your education, your love, and your respect, it the community’s responsibility to silence that individual so that they do not infect the next generation of youth with their ignorance. We’ve allowed far too many ignorant individuals to lead our children into darkness. In 2013, let’s vow to stop ignorance and disrespect at the door, as a community. If we don’t reclaim our community, uneducated rappers and athletes will continue to do it for us. Now ask yourself: “Do I want my child to interact with that person?” If your answer is no that is the person who needs the community’s help. Every African-American has an obligation to reach back and mentor someone from a poverty-stricken community. Yes, it is your obligation.

Source: http://www.blackbluedog.com/2013/02/news/rapper-future-defends-lil-waynes-hurtful-reference-to-emmett-till/

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