Macklemore Says Police Brutality Will Stop When Whites Care Enough
The video of Alton Sterling's death at the hand of Baton Rouge police officers has inspired outrage and anger across the country, with many in hip-hop taking to social media to share their thoughts on what has become too frequent of a tragedy. For Macklemore, who has participated in Black Lives Matter rallies in the past, and even penned a song about his experiences with them, the issue of ending this string of injustices starts with his
"What do we do in times like these?" he asks in the above Instagram post. "It's a question for everyone, but specifically white people. The systematic oppression that enables a murder like this, will be corrected once white people care enough to change it." He goes on, saying that the fear and hatred engrained into our society isn't natural. "A person isn't born fearing someone because of the color of their skin. This fear is taught, crafted and instilled in the fabric of our American lives. And although we make strides and progress is measurable at times, I can't help but think....If I was put in the exact same situation that Alton was in, I would be alive today...Because of the color of my skin."
Mack then goes on to lay out a few actions people can take beyond simply venting online, including putting money behind black led organizations, and enrolling in an "undoing racism" seminar, which he calls "one of the most eye opening and important tools to understanding our past in relation to the work that needs to be done."
Hip-Hop Reacts to Alton Sterling's Death