Lil Wayne’s offensive reference to Emmett Till proves we do need Black History Month

Rapper Lil Wayne has pulled his remix of Karate Chop to remove an offensive reference to Emmett Till. Till was a 14 year old Chicago boy who was beaten to death while on a summer trip to Mississippi. Till had the audacity to whisle at a white women and for that he was brutally and savagely murdered. His mother Mary Mobley wanted the world to see what had been done to her child so she had an open casket ceremony at Roberts Temple COGIC. This move was a major milestone in the civil rights movement. So why would a rapper demean this civil rights event by writing the following “beat that p***y like Emmett Till.” This line is offensive on so many levels. It demeans Till, but it also demeans women. What woman would find a this kind of act pleasureable? It is also offensive that a record label would actually allow these lyrics to actually leave the meeting room. Maybe we need Black history Month to introduce to some what incidents needed to be revered and not used as fodder for salacious rap ballards. Lil Wayne might not have understood the gravity of this breech, but the record executives should have known better.

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  • LPM  On February 14, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    So… they’re making efforts to take down the “unauthorized remix version.” IMHO, there shouldn’t have been ANY version with those lyrics.

  • elogam  On February 17, 2013 at 4:10 am

    I thought nothing would astonish me when it comes to today’s rappers. I was wrong. This was stupid on so many levels.

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