African-American Christian rapper Lecrae has drawn some controversy for speaking out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Huffington Post reports that Lecrae is often outspoken about his views online. He believes strongly that his Christian faith encourages him to stand up for justice and truth.
In a guest post for Billboard, Lecrae wrote: “True faith stands up for the oppressed and the broken...If you ever trusted in anything I’ve said, if you’ve used my words to stir your hope or joy, then trust that same voice now,” he continued. “This is an epidemic that school books or church services haven’t taught you.”
Many of the artist’s fans have accused him of preaching a “divisive message,” and have told him he should “just stick to the gospel.”
But Lecrae contends that “This is a moral issue across the board for humanity. If you subscribe to any moral code that says you should care for humanity, obviously black people will fit into that category. So why would you not advocate for justice and truth unless you have something to lose?”
The artist adds that he hopes people can come together and work for peace and unity so that the next generation, along with his own children, can grow up in a better world.
Publication date: July 13, 2016
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.