the left is often accused of having problems with heterodoxy, and while i don’t deny that to be true in many instances, this really isn’t one of them. i have no issue with killer mike (or anyone) advocating for gun ownership, but advocating for gun ownership ≠ lending legitimacy to the nra.
the nra has a long history of using racist dogwhistles to mobilize white voters against progressive and/or liberal candidates. in my mind, there’s no acceptable way to appear on nra tv, unless in an elaborate homage to the end of wolfenstein:tnc.
furthermore, telling his daughter that he would kick her out of the house for walking out of school in protest, and then having the gall to claim that his reasoning was that "we are not a family that jumps on every single thing an ally of ours does, because some stuff we just don’t agree with” is just ignorant as hell. telling your fanbase that you threatened to punish your children for taking positions that you don’t agree with, because sometimes individuals need to take stands against views they disagree with is just circuitous and orwellian as fuck, and for a rapper who resides so firmly within a left-wing future shock milieu, this is just unconscionable to me. where’s el-p when you need him?
the problem, to me, is not strictly a disagreement of ideology. i agree with killer mike that gun ownership is politically and morally justifiable for black americans. but using a racist platform, such as the nra, to do so makes me smdh so hard. he might as well start doing interviews with the daily stormer.
at any rate, the final straw was mike’s comments about bullying and participation trophies.
our child needs to get punched in the face so he can learn to punch someone back. and that isn’t saying that it’s right to be punched in the face. that’s saying as sure as you’re an adult, some thing or some person is going to punch you in your face. and you have to develop the aptitude and the fortitude to fight back. and that’s not just in the physical. we are raising a generation of kids where everyone gets a trophy. but in real life, everyone don’t get a trophy.
this shit is straight out of a fox news talking head round-up. while zero tolerance policies in schools MIGHT have a long-term deleterious effect on resistance skills and resiliency in general, i don’t have any evidence or data to back that up. all i know is that this interview was a macho-ass shitshow, and i’m pretty unwilling to wanna boost killer mike’s signal, at least until he offers up some explicit mea culpas.
anyone have any different perspectives on this? or does anyone just wanna commiserate about another respected artist revealing themselves to be an untrustworthy asshole?