Popular Christian rapper Lecrae revealed who his great grandmother’s slave owner was.
“Just found the slave Master that bought my 3rd Great grandmother at 9 years old from Africa,” the Reach Records founder tweeted Monday.
“Sobering,” he ended the post.
The information was pulled from an 1860 federal census in Arkansas.
Just found the slave Master that bought my 3rd Great grandmother at 9 years old from Africa. Sobering. pic.twitter.com/BSxWvFI8xQ
— Lecrae (@lecrae) August 11, 2019
Thousands of people liked and commented on the tweet, including Christian rapper THI’SL who revealed that he too recently discovered that he was born on a plantation.
“My family didn’t move off that plantation until 1985. This was the actual house I was born in. Bell Chase Plantation, Minter City Mississippi,” THI’SL commented on Lecrae’s post. “I played in cotton fields every summer until 8 years old.”
He then added a photo of his birth certificate side by side with a photo of his grandfather as a child, playing with a white boy who was reportedly the slave master’s son.
“My birth certificate says, ‘Negro’ for my race,” THI’SL added.
The public records are “Painful, Yet gives us some sort of identity and answers from our past,” NFL star Benjamin Watson tweeted Lecrae.
“We are a strong people. To survive what this country has done to us and still be standing. Grace and truth.”
Lecrae is known as a trailblazer in Christian hip-hop and paved a path for himself into the mainstream market. But with success came a lot of public criticism, disenchantment, and a bout with depression.
He spoke openly about a difficult season he had following racial tensions in parts of the U.S. (specifically after the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in which the U.S. Department of Justice found the police officer’s actions that led to the teen’s death were justified). Lecrae was also honest about his disappointment with some of his peers in the contemporary Christian industry and their response to it all or lack thereof. However, in a recent interview with The Christain Post he said he has found an understanding.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law