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In an interview with Billboard, Kendrick Lamar made some controversial comments while talking about police brutality and what the nation should do about it.

He specifically referenced the rioting and hence, the Civil Right Movement sparked by the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was gunned down in Ferguson, Mo.

“But when we don’t have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us? It starts from within,” he said. “Don’t start with just a rally, don’t start from looting—it starts from within.”

His comments sparked controversy especially with Black Twitter who blasted the rapper for what they believe to be a “misguided” viewpoint.

Many folks felt as though his comments gave the magazine the impression black people don’t respect themselves.

Azealia Banks heavily called out Lamar — blasting his comments as the “dumbest s–t I’ve ever heard a Black man say” on her most outspoken platform, Twitter.

Black Twitter responded with:

“Give Kendrick an oscar, made everybody think he’s a future pro black leader but he’s really the black misinformed version of ned flanders,” Ahmed/Red Cafe Fan (@big_business_) tweeted.

“@kendricklamar Why do Black people in America think they can speak for all black people everywhere ? I for one find it annoying,” Izzy Osas (@GabrielOsas21) tweeted.

“Re: Kendrick. Sometimes your favorite artist’s genius can be hyper focused into one particular avenue and be a fool in another,” B.J. Steiner (@DocZeus).

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9 thoughts on “Azealia Banks, Black Twitter Respond to Kendrick Lamar’s Comments on Ferguson

  1. What in the hell is this caucazoid talking about?… K.L. is all the way right and he shouldn’t even entertain that cave bih. She might be some kind of federal agent… she clearly can’t rap and its also obvious that someone is writting for her and she’s just a puppet with a hand up her ass making her mouth move with absolutely nothing coming out thats of value. K.L. went way to deep for that medium he was speaking through and his words were easily turned around by the melanin hating zionistically controlled media. Melaninated people do need to turn there backs on external means of fighting these injustices and use the power that comes from self awarness.

  2. Now lets remember Michael Brown robbed a store and assaulted a cop before he got shot. It’s a lot of black dudes who would have shot him too. Kendrick is right. What good is the protesting when people are not taking anything home from it? They are not changing anything except they are angry now. But, in some cases there is no excuse for the shooting such as the Tamir Rice case. The boy was 12 years old with a bb gun that shoots plastic pellets and the co shot less than two seconds after he pulled up. That should have sparked a protest. If we are serious about change in the black community maybe we should listen to someone other than entertainers in the first place. Because we all have view points but we don’t have the answer. Learning to be a criminal is not the answer though. We just need someone to tell that to the criminals without getting killed in the process.

  3. I think a lot of Black people support what Lamar said, however, it’s not enough to say it starts “from within.” Some people only do what they know to do. We have to get people better acquainted with how to solve problems in a better way. The solutions are there, we have to do more than criticize: each one, teach one.

    To KC-Regardless of how people may treat us, we still have to be respectful, because that’s who WE are. That’s why the leaders of the earlier Civil Rights movement were more successful. They knew how to court the media the right way, by not acting like thugs, but acting civil and smart. Doing it that way, we got a lot of powerful people on our side. Running in the streets and setting businesses on fire that had nothing to do with anything? That will not earn any friends. Feel me?

  4. yeah, but at the same time, it’s not like we get treated any better from anybody else when we are there and do respect each other either. we got treated worse back in the day before all of that. Half the time the thugs are also the ones keepin these other crazy people out of black folks face.

  5. Sounds like to me the truth struck some nerves. Look at it people, we as a culture don’t help each other as much as Other cultures do & we know this. Look how we act when we are on social media doing the most dumb things we can possibly do & other races do it too, but we don’t work with each other like they do. Sagging pants, bi*thes & ho*es, ni**a this ni**a that etc, etc, etc. I mean come on they see this & we see this, so how do you combat that of what k Lamar said? The man told the damn truth & it seems we can’t handle the truth. Wake up, IT DO START WITHIN & when we choose not to do that then these tragedies will keep happening like many years before this…”RESPECT YOURSELF & OTHERS”

    • The point missing is that when we do do that…we still get pulled over, handcuffed, put in the back of the car, beat, and killed! That’s the problem…it won’t stop just because we respect ourselves. Racism is deeply entrenched in this country and just the color of our skin is a problem. Peace

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