In the wake of Michael Brown’s execution by police officers, I believe it is appropriate to harken back to Trayvon Martin’s execution with some powerful words by David Banner. In this interview, David Banner discusses the impact of Trayvon Martin’s death.Though Banner was focusing on Trayvon Martin, sadly his words continue to pertain to the ongoing white supremacist ideal of teaching “niggers to know their place” by killing yet another unarmed Black male. This response from a member of the Hip-Hop community is particularly poignant and valid because it flawlessly weaves together the plight of the Black community with Black musicality and highlights the deep relationship between Black artistic expression and Black oppression.

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