Atlanta rapper and one half of hip-hop duo Run the Jewels, Killer Mike, loves guns. In an interview with NRA TV posted Saturday, March 24—the same day as March for Our Lives brought more than 800,000 people to the streets of Washington, D.C. and countless others in their communities nationwide in an effort to end gun violence—Mike said some questionable things, mocking those who express anti-gun views (“You’re a lackey of the progressive movement, because you’ve never disagreed with the people who tell you what to do”) and joked that his children shouldn’t walk out in protest of gun violence (“I told my kids on the school walkout: ‘I love you—if you walk out that school, walk out my house...’ We are not a family that jumps on every single thing an ally of ours does, because some stuff we just don’t agree with”). His glib tone registers as extremely tone deaf, and you can watch the interview, in full, above.
The next day, Sunday, March 25, Killer Mike shared a series of videos on Twitter hoping to clear things up—reassuring support for March for Our Lives and black gun ownership. Mike is a member of the NRA, but that doesn’t negate that fact that the organization is painfully silent on how issues of gun violence effect black communities. (It’s worth mentioning, too, that over the last few decades, the NRA has shifted to support the agenda of gun manufacturers, not simply the right to own weapons.) That Mike didn’t know or felt like he was being misused by the organization seems...disingenuous.
Killer Mike did right to clear up the confusion around his videos, but if you want to create dialogue, allowing yourself to be used by the media arm of a political organization probably isn’t your best bet. Just saying.