Last night, emotions ran high in Ferguson after the grand jury decision.
Just hours after it was revealed that no charges would be brought against Officer Darren Wilson for shooting unarmed black teenager Mike Brown, Run the Jewels played a show at the Ready Room in St. Louis, only a few miles from Ferguson. One half of the hip-hop duo, Killer Mike, broke down in tears as he expressed his outrage.
“No matter how much we do it, no matter how much we get shit together, shit comes along that kicks you on your ass and you don’t feel like a champion, so tonight I got kicked on my ass when I listened to that prosecutor,” said the Atlanta rapper. “I gotta tell ‘em: You motherfu**ers got me today. You kicked me on my ass because I have a 20-year-old son and I have 12-year-old son and I’m so afraid for them.”
During his emotional speech, a visibly shaken Mike told the crowd that he stood in front of his wife and cried after the decision was announced. But after the tears, he vowed to take a stand.
“You motherfu**ers will not own tomorrow. We will not live in your fear, we will not accept your pain, we’re not going to keep playing that race card ’cause we know you don’t value my skin and we know you do value his [points to El-P], but you know what, we’re friends, and nothing is gonna devalue that.”
He left with some words of wisdom: “It is not about race, it is not about class, it is not about color, it is about what they killed him for. It is about poverty, it is about greed, and it is about a war machine.”
“It is us against the motherfu**ing machine!” he declared