Christian rapper Lecrae recently spoke out against the increase in violence directed at African-Americans.
In a Twitter post, Lecrae responded to the recent police shooting of an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as well as the controversial protests during NFL games.
Take a knee...people riot.— Lecrae (@lecrae) September 20, 2016
Take a bullet...people quiet.
Female police officer Betty Shelby shot Terence Crutcher after he reportedly refused to comply with orders and acted suspiciously. Lecrae also tweeted:
This shooting is one of the most recent in a series of police shootings, resulting in the death of African-Americans whom many believe were innocent and targeted due to racial profiling. There was also a police shooting of a black man in Charlotte, North Carolina earlier this week which sparked ongoing protests.
Lecrae, an African-American himself, had previously spoken out about racial injustice.
RelevantMagazine.com reports that in July, Lecrae responded to the shooting of Philando Castile on Instagram:
“The #AllLivesMatter hashtag is like spitting in the face of black folk. It comes off as extremely selfish and unsympathetic to a mourning person. Not because all lives don't matter. Of course they do. But it's very clear that black lives don't to many in this country. No one goes up to lung cancer patients and says "Folks with Breast cancer matter too!" #AllCancerPatients matter. That's Insensitive. True faith stands up for the oppressed and the broken. Obviously many can't see the systemic effects of racism and abused authority,” he wrote.
Publication date: September 22, 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.