(AllHipHop News) Back in 1963, Malcolm X was widely admonished for implying President John F. Kennedy's assassination was the result of "the chickens coming home to roost." That idiom (which means a person's previous actions led to specific consequences) played a part in then-presidential candidate Barack Obama having to denounce his longtime church pastor Jeremiah Wright in 2008.
This week, Vic Mensa mentioned Reverend Wright in a video posted by TMZ. The Chicago-bred emcee was discussing gun reform when he suggested the United States was dealing with excessive gun-related violence as an aftereffect of the country's economic system which has precipitated inequality in the American population.
"I think we're past due to reexamine the gun laws. I think that what we're seeing is, essentially, America's chickens coming home to roost; the thing that Barack Obama's pastor said that created such controversy. It's true," said Mensa. "This is the price that you pay for this extreme brand of capitalism where everything's for sale including the lives of Mexicans, children, gay people, everyone."
The 93PUNX frontman added, "These right-wing politicians, they find a way to pinpoint everything except for the guns. You see something happen in El Paso and all of these people are slaughtered, and they say, 'Oh, violent video games must be the problem. Oh, maybe there's a mental health crisis in America.' As opposed to looking directly at the weapon that killed the people. It's all assault rifles. It's all weapons of war. It's all AR-15 type rifles. So clearly AR-15 type rifles are our main issue. That's the main problem."
Vic Mensa has been very outspoken about gun violence for a while. Following the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the Savemoney representative called out political leaders that refused to stand up to the National Rifle Association, the gun rights advocacy group that funds many Republican candidates' campaigns.
In addition, Mensa's recent "Camp America" music video lambasted the Trump Administration's migrant child separation policy at the US-Mexico border. The Roc Nation artist also got political in the visuals for "3 Years Sober" which featured Vic battling with "Vice President Mike Pence" over birth control pills.