While many celebrities, and everyday Americans, tweeted their outrage at the George Zimmerman verdict, outspoken rapper Lupe Fiasco had a different take on the situation. Once the not guilty verdict was announced Saturday night, Fiasco took to Twitter and fired off a series of statements that provoked the ire of many of his 1.4 million followers.
“Rub your face in it! Swallow down that hard pill! Black blood spills in the streets of America nightly at the hands other blacks,” reads one tweet. “Half y'all been partying to Black Death for the past 2 decades...the other half watched the party...don't be angry now!” he added.
After the vitriolic response to his comments, the rapper described the verdict as chickens coming home to roost. “Yeah gimme that anger...once again that rage...that misguided angst when your true enemy is your own complacency and cowardice,” Fiasco added.
Fiasco went on to indicate that he agrees with the controversial verdict. “Nobody knows what really happened except Trayvon and Zimmerman. The justice system relies on reasonable doubt not our emotions,” he said.
The rapper was heavily critical of the role of the media throughout the trial. “The case should have never been televised as the potential to antagonize US race relations was, in my dumb opinion too risky & unnecessary.”
Fiasco also decried the outrage against the verdict. “Your emotional reactions to a perceived injustice will get you nowhere. Organize (yeah right!) to fight total structural violence.”
When many of his followers didn’t take well to his statements, Fiasco replied, “You asked for my opinion and there it is...anything beyond that is just RIP Trayvon and may God watch over his family especially his mother.”
This isn’t the first time Lupe Fiasco has landed in hot water over his opinions. According to the Los Angeles Times, the rapper was heavily criticized after calling President Barack Obama a “terrorist” in an interview with CBS News’ “What’s Trending.”
“In my fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America,” Fiasco said. “For me, I’m trying to fight the terrorism that’s actually causing the other forms of terrorism. The root cause of the terrorism is the stuff that you as a government allow to happen and the foreign policies that we have in place in different countries that inspire people to become terrorists. And it’s easy for us because it’s really just some oil, which we can really get on our own.”
At a pre-inauguration party earlier this year, Fiasco was escorted off stage after going on an anti-Obama tirade. According to the Huffington Post, the 30-year-old rapper told the crowd that he didn’t vote for Obama and criticized his foreign policy.