Killer Mike Talks Racism, Reconciliation & Reparations With Tavis Smiley (VIDEO)

(AllHipHop News) Killer Mike has become a vital Hip Hop representative when it comes to discussions about injustice, police brutality, and racism. The Atlanta-based rapper has addressed those topics as one half of Run The Jewels, a guest on CNN, a lecturer at M.I.T, and a columnist for Vox.

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Mike returned to television to once again speak on relevant social topics. He stopped by the PBS program The Tavis Smiley Show. The conversation included Mike and Smiley debating the idea of African-Americans offering forgiveness for racial discrimination.

“After we reconcile, why don’t I own any of the land? Why does De Beers still dominate the diamond market?” asked Mike.

Smiley responded, “Why does it have to be either/or Mike, and not both/and?”

“We did the ‘and’. When are we gonna get the ‘both’? When do both people get something out of the deal? We’ve done the ‘and’. For the last 51 years in this country, we’ve done the ‘and’,”  Mike replied. “What have you acquired in exchange for your blood, sacrifice, and accepting the ‘I’m sorry’.”

Mike then goes on to point out the Jewish community was granted its own country of Israel after the atrocities of the Holocaust and Japan was reconstructed with economic assistance following the destruction caused by the U.S. dropping atomic bombs on the nation.

“All I’m saying, as a Black man, if you’re asking me for forgiveness, be prepared to give me something. Or keep your forgiveness in your pocket or take it to your church,” said Mike.

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Watch a clip of Killer Mike’s interview below. To watch the full episode visit pbs.org.

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