Big Sean shared a heartfelt message to his followers and fans about the current climate surrounding the George Floyd protests and racism in America.
“Clearly we got the whole world’s attention, obviously,” the “Bounce Back” rapper said in videos posted to his social media feeds. “And justice has to be served. Period. And if it’s not, I don’t think things are going to change or get better.”
Sean also opened up about his experience partaking in protests during the last few days. “I know I been protesting, I know a lot of us been out on the streets protesting,” he said, “And it’s been a lot of unity, but I also see a lot of people with ulterior motives that look like undercover cops. I don’t know if they are undercover cops, but like, you know, starting a lot of the conflict, a lot of the issues. And we’ve all seen places where they’ve got them bricks conveniently located to wreak havoc and I don’t know what the ulterior motive is.”
“I don’t know if it’s to make us look like we wild beasts or don’t have control, but we clearly are not wild beasts. We’re extraordinary, talented, magical people that if you took us out of the equation, the world would be very, very bland.”
The Detroit native then touched on the long history of discrimination and slavery throughout this country’s history. “Our ancestors built this country for free, OK?” he said. “So, I’m just talking from the heart right now, but one of my biggest issues is that...this current government and country, is built on a racist foundation. A lot of us know this. You want to talk about systemic oppression, you want to talk about the justice system being targeted to people that look like me.”
“And it’s impossible to get out of once you in there, you know?...Some of the first police forces ever was made during slavery, down south, in them southern states,” he continued. “And their main focus was to capture, apprehend, beat, discipline slaves, rip them apart from their families, keep them apart and God knows whatever else.”
“So, that’s what I’m saying, that’s how deep it goes back,” he said. “So, no wonder that a cop feels like they could kill a Black man or woman and feel like it’s a way of life.”
Hear Big Sean’s full message below.