Guest Star: "We're Always Afraid Of Something, We Don't Want That Kid In The Neighborhood Walking Around" [Audio]
Monday, Jun 25, 2012 5:40PM
[With the Trayvon Martin tragedy case still a hot topic in the hip-hop community, rapper XV offers his take on the fatal shooting and what the real underlying issue is.]
The Trayvon Martin thing is just another social issue that allows everybody to talk about the elephant in the room that's always there and for some reason we never push it out and that's racism. "Racism's still alive, they just be concealing it."
Kendrick Lamar took a line where he said, "Racism's still alive, yellow tape and colored lines." That's the illest line because you think he's talking about the fact we have murder scenes all the time over a race, like Trayvon Martin. But you look at it and it's actually races, like chalk and yellow tape. Which is racing. I just felt like that line was so meaningful because it really is alive and it's right there in your face. 50 shots. It's the night watch guy. It's right there, it's in front of us.
I just feel like the only people acting out on it are the ones getting these guns. But I'll say this with the whole issue, I don't think people should only make it about race. It shouldn't only be about race, it should be about fear because that's what this whole thing has been about from the beginning, since 9/11, it's all been about fear. That's something we as a nation have overcame and that's why we're always looking at World War III possibilities and nuclear war possibilities. We're always afraid of it. We're always afraid of something, we don't want that kid in the neighborhood walking around.
We're walking through the neighborhoods and I'm sure people are looking through their windows like, "What is going on?" The problem is we're not bothering anybody. We're not causing any issues, we're not causing any tragic problems, but you know what? We can scare somebody. And that's the issue I feel we need to address.
What is the cause of this? What is the cause of a young black male being scary? What is it? We don't really understand what it is. Is it the fact he's black? Is it the fact he's wearing a hood? Is it the fact he's out late at night? That's what I feel we need to figure out. Why are we so afraid of everything? Because if it wasn't Trayvon Martin, if it was a Latino kid, it's the same problem. Why would you be afraid of him? He had no weapon. Point blank.
Whether it was a fight or not, he had no weapon. That's my biggest thing. You were so afraid of him you decided to take his life. None of us should be afraid of another human being that way especially since we're all here. I don't want to get all hippy because a lot of people are really hippy right now but it's just really sad to see that we're reminded that we're not equal.
XV is a burgeoning rapper/singer/songwriter from Wichita, Kansas. His rap alias represents the age when he first started creating music. He recently signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records. His upcoming Awesome EP is slated to drop tomorrow.
Check out a portion of XV's remarks below: