Killer Mike: Black People “Ain’t Ready to Revolt Shit”

Killer Mike went in with a speech at the All Black National Convention in Atlanta. Sitting on a panel with several other prominent black leaders, Mike addressed the potential for revolution in America with protests in the streets and the increasing visibility of police violence against black people. The Run the Jewels rapper is not particularly optimistic about a revolution or substantial change and stated that he believes there is still a lot to be done in the community before such a thing would be possible.

After asking who in the audience knows how to fish, hunt or grow food, Mike stated:

“You ain’t ready to oppose nothing. 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.”

Mike laments the revolutionary rhetoric that, he says send people who aren’t ready, off to die. “Don’t you send these babies out to die because you feel like you missed the 60s and the 70s,” he says, “I want to see more black attorneys, more black law enforcement. I want to see more black people pulling their money to run their own candidates.” Singling out those who would throw around revolutionary rhetoric without getting out to vote or participating in their community, he said, “stop trying to grow warriors to fight a fight you too scared to fight.”

He told the crowd that they can do what they want but he’s, “going to raise a warrior that knows how to use his hands, knows how to use his mind, and loves the people with his heart.”

Mike has become an increasingly important political voice in America with his endorsements of Bernie Sanders and his call for black people to put their money in black-owned banks. He has increasingly advocated for the black community to shoulder the responsibilities needed to disconnect from a system that actively works against them.

On Wednesday, the city of Atlanta named a giant $11.6 million dollar, tunnel-boring machine after the rapper, it was officially dubbed “Driller Mike.” He accepted the naming as an honor, “Cities don’t associate themselves with rappers. But I’m a business owner, a dad, an active member of politics in Atlanta, so I was honestly honored that people in Atlanta saw fit to name something after me.”

He went on to say at the panel, “Black people, I love you, and I love you enough to tell you, you ain’t ready to revolt shit. 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 revolutionarism and you think about fighting and dying in the street, you ain’t shit if you can’t feed your children.”

You can see his full, unedited words in the video above. Whether you agree or disagree with his perspective, the man is an incredible and inspiring speaker.

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