Killer Mike Says We Must Support Black-Owned Businesses to Advance the Black Community

ATLANTA, GA – MARCH 02: Killer Mike attends “Storytime with Legendary Jerry” on March 02, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)

As part of Yahoo’s “Juneteenth: Soul of America” special, Marquise Francis of Yahoo News sat down with rapper, businessman, and activist Michael Render, better known by his stage name Killer Mike. The conversation centered around the history and significance of Juneteenth, supporting Black candidates and businesses, and the importance of knowing your roots.

“I’m proud to be a member of the people that were brought here, wrongfully, but found a way,” said Render, who hails from Atlanta. He says he wants to broaden the narrative around the history of enslaved Africans. For example, some former enslaved people were able to buy their freedom.

“There were people who were enslaved that bought themselves out of slavery. There were people that bought their families out of slavery. That to me says they had a rudimentary understanding of economics, they understood that [their] labor is worth something, and everybody was not a member of the masterclass,” he said.

“So I’d like to start to rewrite that narrative, that these people are not just enslaved people that were beasts, they were intelligent. They understood their worth, they brokered their worth, and they pushed back every step of the way.”

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SOURCE: Yahoo News, Reggie Wade

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