10 Reasons Why Talib Kweli Is Going To Ferguson
Ferguson has been an important topic of discussion these past couple of weeks. Michael Brown, the 18-year-old Black teenager who was shot and killed by a police officer, has sparked plenty of protests across the country. Earlier this past Sunday, a private autopsy reported that he was shot at least six times, including twice in the head. On the ground in Ferguson, chaos continued as protesters and reporters are subjected to violent offense as police fired tear gas to break up crowds without warning. Police also enforced a second curfew in attempts to calm things down.
Talib Kweli, who is one of hip-hop’s outspoken figures, sent a number of tweets giving his perspective on Ferguson. He says that celebrities have spoken about Ferguson, but argues he has seen a few give “no accurate info” based on their inexperience in political education, so “they fall into the blaming the victim trap.” He continued, “Artists have traditionally been followers not leaders. We as a community have failed to demand more from our artists.”
The Brooklyn MC then stated that Ferguson is a “legitimate boots on the ground movement. It is ground zero for us right now.” With all that said, he announced to his followers that he’ll be heading to Ferguson this Tuesday as a member of the community, not as a rapper or celebrity. He also followed with his reasons for going to Missouri.