Do you hunt to feed your family or if not are you willing to? Also, do you grow your own food? Own your own land?
If you don’t, then Killer Mike says you aren’t ready for a revolution, because you’re dependent on the system for complete survival.
The 41-year-old made this interesting point at a All Black National Convention meeting in Atlanta, after Terence Crutcher — a black man — was gunned down by the police in Oklahoma and the same thing happened to Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C.
“I agree with everything my brother said about revolutionaryism,” said Mike about one of his fellow panelist. Then he asked those in the room who hunt, fish and grow their own food to raise their hands.
After the question was posed, presumably due to the number of hands that were actually raised, the Run The Jewels member said most blacks, those in the room included, aren’t ready to stage a true revolt.
“You ain’t ready to oppose nothing,” said Mike. “You are as a part of this system as any white person gentrifying in this city, and you can’t tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about, because I’ve lived in this neighborhood long enough to know when two out of every five yards had a garden in the back.”
Later, the Dungeon Family affiliate told the crowd that they can’t build a revolution, nor be strong force if they can’t take care of their basic needs while fighting.
“Black people, I love you, and I love you enough to tell you, you ain’t ready to revolt s—,” he staed.
“You don’t feed yourself. You don’t prep your meat. You don’t own your own land. You don’t have a seed growing in your window. So you think about revolutionaryism, and you think about fighting and dying in the street. You ain’t s— if you can’t feed your children,” Mike explained.
Surely, this isn’t the first time the Atlanta native talked about Black people taking different steps to fight injustice. Back in June, he echoed survival sentiments during a passionate panel discussion about gentrification at Atlanta’s Center for Human and Civil Rights. In July, he urged African-Americans to move their money into black-owned banks, and people like T.I., Jermaine Dupri, Young Thug and Trae That Truth followed suit.
Then in August, a little after Michael Jordan uncharacteristically wrote a letter condemning police brutality in the black community and also donating $1 million to NAACP’s Legal defense fund, Killer Mike issued him challenge.
“On behalf of black people and cops (I have loved ones who are both) thanks for the million dollars to the NAACP and police [organizations],” he wrote. “Now we like to challenge you to send the profits of this Olympic Jordan Drop into a black financial institution.”
You can see the rapper’s recent comments on the the chances of African-Americans staging a revolution above.