Killer Mike has penned an op-ed about the situation in Baltimore with the Run the Jewels rapper discussing the riots and criticizing Geraldo Rivera and Wolf Blitzer for attempting to “pander” and “sensationalize” the incident. Killer Mike was actually in attendance at the White House Correspondents Dinner – where he happened to meet Blitzer – when the Baltimore situation escalated, the rapper writes in Billboard.
“I tweeted and Instagrammed so my fans could share this incredible night – and as I followed social media, I saw that Baltimore was burning,” Killer Mike writes. “As I sat there and watched my timeline, I felt helpless, hopeless: ‘Here I am at this lavish event – the most powerful man in the world is black, and people like him are being killed by the citizens who are paid to protect them.’ I left the dinner numb.”
The rapper became enraged by the way cable news was presenting the riots. “I’ve watched Geraldo Rivera and Blitzer pander to the audiences of oppression on TV,” the rapper wrote. “Rivera was approached by a very sensible man who said, ‘Why are you here? Not to cover a calm and peaceful protest – you’re here to sensationalize it.’ Rivera turned his back on him, and at first I thought it was arrogance, but I think it was actually shame. “
However, Killer Mike saved his harshest criticism for Blitzer, who the rapper had just met at the Correspondents Dinner. “And Blitzer, as Jon Stewart pointed out, said he never thought he’d see such violence again in America, and he said nearly the exact same words about Ferguson a few months ago,” Killer Mike wrote. “I turned away from the TV with far less respect for him – if I were introduced to him today, I’d walk away. Not because they’re evil and bad people, but because they’re players in the game that sensationalizes and objectifies this in the worst ways – I don’t trust they that they want to see the change.”
Killer Mike admits he doesn’t “have a problem with police” – his father was an Atlanta police officer and he recognizes “we need police” – but he does understand why the situation in Baltimore boiled over. “For the people of Baltimore – I don’t criticize rioting because I understand it. But after the fires die down: organize, strategize and mobilize,” he wrote. “Like Ferguson, you have an opportunity to start anew. I don’t have a solution because whoever’s there will have to come up with it. But we need community relations: riots are the language of the unheard.”
In addition to releasing the best hip-hop album of 2014, Killer Mike has also established himself as an expert op-ed writer: The rapper has also co-written a pair of examinations on the unfair use of rap lyrics as evidence in criminal trials.