Over the past few days, a number of rappers including Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike and more have taken to social media to demand justice for the murder of George Floyd.
Floyd’s death sparked international outrage earlier this week after a video of a police officer pinning the 46-year-old black man down emerged online. In the clip, the officer held Floyd to the ground by kneeling on his neck despite the latter telling him he couldn’t breathe. Floyd was brought to Minnesota’s Hennepin County Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead, according to CBS News. The officer in question, along with three of his colleagues involved, has since been fired.
Following the incident, the hip hop community rallied to speak against police brutality on black Americans. “Enough is enough!” Cardi B wrote on Instagram. “What will it take ? A civil war ? A new president? Violent riots ? It’s tired ! I’m tired ! The country is tired ! You don’t put fear in people when you do this you just show how coward[ly] YOU ARE !”
Chance the Rapper and Ice Cube also weighed in, with the former demanding the authorities to “stop sending large groups of militarized police into [black] neighborhoods exclusively.” Meanwhile, Machine Gun Kelly said he was “ashamed [that] someone who looks like me could treat another human like this, but they been doing it since the beginning of time.”
Yo I seen HUNDREDS of ppl at millennium park and and pics of even more at the parks on the north side. Outside, no masks, no social distancing, enjoying themselves. Please stop sending large groups of militarized police into our neighborhoods exclusively https://t.co/mnAUSCsevy
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) May 25, 2020
How long will we go for Blue on Black Crime before we strike back??? https://t.co/sXDq7SXl6W
— Ice Cube (@icecube) May 26, 2020
fuck the Boyz 🚔🖕🏼
fuck white privilege
i’m ashamed someone who looks like me could treat another human like this, but they been doing it since the beginning of time.
our generation has be the one’s to stop it
my loyalty’s with the people
fuck the system
fight the system
— 🙇🏼♂️ Blonde Don (@machinegunkelly) May 27, 2020
Other rappers including Snoop Dogg, Megan Thee Stallion, 50 Cent, 2 Chainz and more have also come forward to stand in solidarity with Floyd.
See their posts below.
I can’t post the video 😡, I can still see the killer with his hands in his pocket and knee on the neck of a handcuffed black man🙏🏿rest in peace 🙏🏿 #georgefloyd and I hate him and all the cops that was there for it pic.twitter.com/KXNWD1uJs8
— Tity Boi (2 Chainz) (@2chainz) May 27, 2020