It seems like that today some African-Americans, particularly African-American so-called entertainers are so far removed from their history that it’s not even laughable any more. Apparently, Lil Wayne has a new song coming out, in which, he discusses Emmett Till.
In the song, Karate Chop, Wayne raps about having rough sexual relations with a woman to the point that he is “beating her vagina up “like Emmett Till.”
If you want the exact “lyrics,” you can read them here.
Yeah, you read that right. Not only is Lil Wayne color struck, sexist and crude, but now he is racist against his own race too. The family of Emmett Till was so offended by the lyrics that they called Reverend Al Sharpton to arrange a meeting between the family and Lil Wayne. Pepsi, who had signed Lil Wayne on to represent their newest Pepsi product has fired him because of the offensive lyrics.
Now, I don’t really care about Pepsi, I stopped fooling with them after the Love Hurts super bowl commercial, but I feel deeply sorrowful for the family of Emmett Till. To have your loved ones name dragged through the mud in such a degrading manner is horrible and to add insult to injury to have your loved-ones name dragged through the dirt by a fellow African-American only exacerbates the pain.
Here we have a so-called African-American man who, you would hope, understood the significance of people such as Emmett Till and had enough respect for them to represent them in a dignified manner in their art, yet Wayne did exactly the opposite. He misused Emmett Till’s name, degraded his legacy and spat on his memory.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story of Emmett Till. He was a 14-year-old Black boy from Chicago who went down to Mississippi to visit with his cousins, while in the corner store buying candy, he whistled at a white woman. Later, he was taken out of his Uncle’s home beaten, tortured, killed, tied to a cotton fan and thrown in a river. When his body was shipped back to Chicago, his mother was HORRIFIED to see what had been done to her son.
His body was so badly injured and destroyed that the undertaker wanted a closed-casket, but Emmett Till’s mother, Mamie Till, demanded that it be an open-casket because she wanted the world to see what they had done to her son. This act became a catalyst for the civil rights movement and Emmett Till became a martyr for justice. All around the world, millions of people viewed the innocent boy who had been brutally murdered and the horror of the segregated south was finally brought to light.
As an African-American male, Wayne should be grateful and have nothing but the utmost respect for the memory of Emmett Till because, without people like Till, he wouldn’t even have the freedom to make a fool of himself while he sings his rap songs. He wouldn’t be able to stay in the best hotels in Miami or Las Vegas. He wouldn’t be able to go on tour freely throughout the United States.
I’ve never been a fan of Lil Wayne. His sexism, colorism and now racism have been enough to keep me from supporting him. I am becoming increasingly frustrated by the behavior of SOME Black people, who clearly have lost touch with their history. I am tired of the bashing and stereotypes in the rap industry and I’m tired of FOOLS being used to represent our race.
As an African-American, I reject Lil Wayne and his lyrics and I am calling for RESPECTABLE, INTELLIGENT AND UPLIFTING Black artists to represent us NO MORE OF THESE FOOLS! I hope that people feel the same OUTRAGE at Lil Wayne for these horrible lyrics that they would if Lil Wayne had been white saying the same things!
My heart goes out to the family and may the memory of Emmett Till be forever represented in dignity.