Protests Begin Over Lil Wayne Disrespecting Civil Rights Icon Emmett Till In “Karate Chop”

Feb - 13 2013 | 4 comments

 

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Lil Wayne has always been the one to walk the fine line with his lyrics, but with his recent lyrics on Future’s ‘Karate Chop’ remix, it has sparked a mini-protest. The Martian is being accused of disrespecting Civil Rights Icon, Emmett Till.

Get Informed with the details, after the jump!

In ‘Karate Chop’, Wayne raps “I pop alot of pain pills/beat that p*ssy up like Emmett Till”.

For those who aren’t familiar with the story of Emmett Till, let me school you about him since it is Black History Month.

Emmett Louis Till was a 14-year-old African American Chicago teen murdered in Mississippi in 1955 after allegedly whistling at a white woman. The teen was in the Mississippi Delta region visiting family members.

The event took place after Till allegedly showed friends a photograph of himself in an integrated school. Till said he had a white girlfriend to the young boys’ disbelief. Till was dared by some of the local boys to talk to a white woman who was running a store.

A few days later after the incident, the woman’s husband Roy Bryant and half brother J.W. Milam arrived at the teen’s great-uncle’s house and took him to a barn, tortured him and gouged out one of his eyes. They shot the Chicago boy in the head, tied a cotton gin fan around his neck with barbwire and threw his body in the Tallahatchie River. His body was recovered three days later.

Till’s mother held an open casket funeral for the world to see the brutal nature of her son’s murder. Bryant and Milam were brought to trial for Till’s death and later acquitted. A few months later, the two boldly admitted to killing the teen in a magazine interview. Bryant and Milam were protected by double jeopardy, which prevents a defendant from being charged with the same crime after being acquitted.

With knowing the story of Emmett Till and hearing Wayne’s reference, do you think Wayne went too far? In Hip Hop, it is known that artist reference stuff from history to paint the picture of their lyrics. Isn’t this what Wayne is doing or do you think Weezy is wrong?

Below, you see that the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation have called on a Boycott to remove Future’s song that features Lil Wayne to be removed? Do you agree?

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Future feat. Lil Wayne ‘Karate Chop’. Hear Weezy’s verse around the 3:05 mark.

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