Atlanta rapper Killer Mike takes to social media after NRA backlash
Atlanta rapper Killer Mike took to social media Sunday to clear the air, after facing backlash for his interview with the National Rifle Association on blacks and gun rights.
"I sat with people who I might not always agree with. I sat with a group called the National Rifle Association. I did an interview on black gun ownership in this era," Killer Mike stated in a social media post on Sunday.
That interview, which the entertainer says was shot a week ago, aired on NRA-TV on Saturday, the same day gun control advocates held youth-led "March For Our Lives" demonstrations nationwide including Atlanta.
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"That interview was used a week later by NRA-TV to disparage a very noble campaign that I actually support," Killer Mike said.
The rapper came under fire for his remarks made during the NRA interview, in which he criticized National School Walkout Day. Students across the country left class to pay tribute to the 17 people killed at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and to demand stricter gun control laws.
In the interview, Killer Mike said several people in his family own guns, he told his children if they walked out of school to "walk out his house," and that his is not a family that jumps on every single thing an ally does because some stuff you may not agree with.
In the Twitter video, Killer Mike said that he is the student group's ally and that many of the people he has worked with in the past on a host of civil rights and social issues, participated in Saturday's demonstrations.
He blasted the NRA for airing the interview the day of the March.
"I'm sorry guys, I'm sorry that an interview I did about a minority, black people in this country and gun rights, was used as a weapon against you guys. It was unfair and it was wrong and it disparaged some very noble work you are doing. It should never have been used in contrast to the march and I think it's wrong. To the young people that worked tirelessly to organize, I'm sorry adults chose to do this. I'm sorry the NRA did that and that adults on the left and the right are choosing to use me as a lightning rod."