by Jeff Hahne
In the wake of the grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 killing of Michael Brown, Killer Mike, who was performing in nearby St. Louis last night, gave an emotional speech to the crowd after hearing the news. Mike is one-half of the hip-hop duo Run the Jewels.
... very grateful that everyone in this room is here. I would like to say, 'Rest in peace' to Michael Brown. ... I would like to give all thoughts and prayers to the people out there peacefully protesting. I also give thoughts and prayers to the people who could not hold their anger in because riots are only the language of the unheard. We usually come on to Queen’s ‘Champion,’ and I just got to tell you today, no matter how much we do it, no matter how much we get shit together, shit comes along that kicks you on your ass and you don't feel like a champion. So, tonight, I got kicked on my ass when I listened to that prosecutor. I'm gonna tell you. You motherfuckers got me today. I knew it was coming. I knew it when fuckin' Eric Holder decided to resign. I knew it wasn't gonna be good. I gotta tell 'em, 'You motherfuckers got me today.' You kicked me on my ass today, because I have a 20-year-old son and I have a 12-year-old son, and I’m so afraid for them. You motherfuckers... You motherfuckers... (unintelligible)... you motherfuckers that we vote for... (unintelligible) You motherfuckers got me today.
When I stood on the bus, and I cried, and I hugged my friend and he came and he hugged me, right there, and I said, ‘These motherfuckers got me today.’ When I stood in front of my wife, and I hugged her and I cried like a baby, I said, ‘These motherfuckers got me today.' You motherfuckers will not own tomorrow, we will not live in your fear, we will not accept your pain, we are not going to keep playing that race card, because we know, we know you don’t value my skin. We know you do value his (El-P), but you know what, we’re friends and nothing is going to devalue that.
Before I came out here, there was no peace in my heart and I wanted to walk out to ‘Burn This Motherfucker Down.’ But I got to tell you, I’m from Atlanta, Georgia, something said, ‘Just look for something Martin King might have said.’ So I googled Martin King and Wikipedia popped up, and he was 39-years old when you motherfuckers killed him. He was the same age as I am, the same age as El. He was a young man when they killed him.
But I can promise you today: If I die when I walk off this stage tomorrow, I’ll let you know this: it is not about race, it is not about class, it is not about color. It is about what they killed him for. It is about poverty, it is about greed and it is about a war machine. It’s about a war machine that uses you as a (unintelligible). So as I go tomorrow, I might go the day after, but the one thing I want you to know it is us against the motherfucking machine!