The Compton rapper, Black Lives Matter, and Build Power joined forces on Sunday to pull out a huge crowd in Los Angeles.
This Sunday more than 50,000 people pulled up to Hollywood Blvd for a peaceful demonstration. The protest was lead by YG, Patrisse Cullors, and Kendrick Sampson to protest racism and the police system. Police presence was minimal and the event was successful in making a point that the protests are peaceful and have no intention to riot or loot.
See you gotta understand that a lot of people out there they see me as a N. They don’t see the black proud man. They see a kid from bompton and they expect violence. They hear FTP & they think I’m gonna come and burn my city. So we showed up and did it right. We proved them wrong— 4HUNNID (@YG) June 8, 2020
YG also used the protest as the music video setting for his newly released track “FTP,” which many criticized. He addressed the criticism with a post on Instagram. Part of it read, “We got a real enemy and it ain’t eachother.” YG is known for his protest music and this is not the first time the rapper has used his platform to speak out. This is moment in history that needed to be captured.
HHTXL aims to always focus and highlight the positive, but in a moment like this we want to reiterate the importance of staying united. We cannot risk being divisive in a moment so crucial.
Sunday was dope. Let’s stay focused and united. The movement continues.
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For anyone out there talking I don’t question your advocacy and don’t think you should question mine. See you gotta understand that a lot of people out there they see me as a N*gga. They don’t see the black proud man. They see a kid from Bompton and they expect violence. They hear FTP and they think I’m gonna come and burn my city. So we showed up and did it right. We proved them wrong. The real story here is me and Black Lives Matter brought out 50,000 people today to peacefully protest and unite for change. I wanted to document that so when they hear this song and think we are reckless and violent they see a peaceful protest of all different people coming together for a common cause. That is history. That is breaking down these stereotypes on our people and our neighborhoods. All of us protesting are on the same side here..instead of questioning each other’s activism we should be directing that energy at the cops and the government and helping to create the change we want to see. Stay focused and stop that social media judgement without knowing facts and hurting a cause we all a part of. We got a real enemy and it ain’t eachother. On my momma! 🎥 @yakooza