Run the Jewels‘ Killer Mike delivered a compelling speech during his visit to Atlanta radio station Hot 107.9. The Atlanta native spoke with sadness and anger about the most recent murders of black men at the hands of police officers and encouraged people to boycott businesses that do not support black communities.
“I’m angry, I’m hurt, I’m disgusted,” the rapper said at the beginning of his time on the show. “I’m ashamed to be a part of this country … It is time to get angry and do something. It is time to prevent these abusers and these police who abuse the law.”
Mike, whose father was an Atlanta police officer, went on to compliment the ability of black citizens of Atlanta to survive their encounters with police. He thanked those on the force in his hometown for allowing that safe space in the city though he noted that the system is still imperfect even if it is subtly better than most other forces around the country.
From there, Mike encouraged the people of Atlanta and other citizens across the country who are fed up with police brutality to boycott large corporations that do not support the cause. “You can go to your bank tomorrow and you can say ‘Until you as a corporation start to speak on our behalf, I want all my money. And I’m taking all my money to a citizen’s trust.'” Later in the interview, he noted that Usher and Big Krit also encouraged this plan, having joined him in February to begin making moves and start depositing money in a citizen’s trust.
Mike noted the student movement during apartheid in South Africa, ended because young people refused to give their money to corporations like Delta and Coca-Cola, which supported apartheid and enslavement. “It works,” he said.