Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” the Civil Rights march in Selma, Al., that inspired the recent award-winning film Selma. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were on location with the Commander In Chief giving a touching speech about how far we’ve come and what still needs to be done. Potus even mentioned hip-hop. “We are the inventors of gospel and jazz and the blues, bluegrass and country, hip-hop and rock and roll, our very own sounds with all the sweet sorrow and reckless joy of freedom,” he told the crowd.
Over past few days a number of rappers have taken to social media to express their thoughts on the 50th anniversary of the historic event. One of the strongest (and some might say controversial) statements in the hip-hop community might have come from Killer Mike. The Atlanta luminary recently took his Instagram account and posted the picture (above) along with a lengthy comment on his feelings about why he’s not celebrating and the continuing fight. “In 50yrs the voters rights bill has been gutted by the Supreme Court, a false “drug war” has unfairly targeted black men N destroyed their liberty,” he started off. “[Blacks] are the highest unemployed and most imprisoned, our communities are not ran by us but instead a merchant class that is not us or even and ally, public schools are a sham even in a place like ATL where most public schools are named for black educators and leaders and we still have no national agenda that we are working towards for our purpose. With that said “why and what in the Hell are we celebrating in Selma”? Your celebrating NOTHING. NOTHING at all. The fight continues and pressure shud be put on that tall skinny guy with big ears to do something besides talk at black people as if he truly understands your struggle. Love y’all. #Selma”
Check out some other hip-hop representatives’ thoughts on Selma and the surrounding commemoration, and President Obama’s full speech, below.
— Fabolous (@myfabolouslife) March 8, 2015
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) March 7, 2015
— DJ DRAMA (@DJDRAMA) March 6, 2015
LOVE to everyone in Selma today! LOVE LOVE LOVE
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) March 7, 2015