By Amanda Wicks
In recent interviews, Nicki Minaj and Kendrick Lamar have separately opened up about the Black Lives Matter movement. For Minaj, Sandra Bland’s death became an especially troubling reminder about ‘appropriate’ behavior and race when dealing with authorities. “This could have been me,” she said, citing her known sassiness and penchant for speaking her mind. For Lamar, Garner’s death brought back upsetting memories—ones that fueled unspeakable rage—regarding his own experiences with police growing up.
During last night’s GOP Debate, Mac Miller decided to enter the conversation, albeit from a different perspective than his rap peers. The white rapper began a series of tweets, first to contradict the idea about “reverse racism” and then to begin a dialogue with his Twitter users about the Black Lives Matter movement. Things…didn’t go great.
Asking white rap fans what they had done to support the movement, Miller immediately got the question thrown back in his face. Elsewhere, users criticized what they felt was his attempt to racialize and in turn divide rap music. Miller defended his stance, posting, “But just because we listen to rap music doesn’t mean we get it.”
Miller’s tweets may have been misguided for several reasons, but it seems as though his heart was in the right place. In the future, however, he might do better to have a more open and thoughtful dialogue about how white Americans can support and help the Black Lives Matter movement on a platform other than Twitter.