Just days after PepsiCo announced they were dropping Lil Wayne; the company will meet with Emmett Till’s family to learn more about these experiences. This information comes from Al Sharpton in a statement released via National Action Network.
“I have been in conversations over the last several days with leadership at PepsiCo and the family of Emmett Till,” Sharpton said. “This has been a ‘teaching moment’ for Lil Wayne, corporate America and the family of Emmett Till yet more than a condemnation of any one artist, it is an affirmation of Emmett Till and a call for more sensitivity about what we say and do in our culture. National Action Network does not want it to end with artists losing contracts but rather with a sensitizing of corporate America so we can learn from these experiences and set a tone that will help everybody.”
This is set to happen on May 8. The Till family voiced their opinion on Wayne’s lyric on Future’s “Karate Chop (Remix).” Since then, Epic Records has re-released an edited version of the song, Wayne has apologized to the family, and he was dropped from his Mountain Dew campaign.