CONTROVERSY: Lil Wayne
US RAPPER Lil Wayne has found himself in controversy over “offensive” lyrics about killed teenager Emmett Till, who was murdered in 1955 in a racist attack.
In his verse on the remix of rapper Future’s Karate Chop the hip-hop star rapped that he would: "Beat that p---y up like Emmett Till."
Since the song's release over the weekend the family of Till have expressed their outrage over the “disrespectful” reference to the 14-year-old, who was beaten, shot and drowned in Mississippi for “whistling at a white woman”.
MURDERED: Emmett Till
Till's cousin Airickca Gordon-Taylor and the founding director of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation told YourBlackWorld: "He was murdered for in 1955, so to compare his murder and how brutally beaten and tortured he was to the anatomy of a woman was really very disrespectful.”
“We found it dishonorable to his name and what his death has meant to us as a people and as a culture. It was offensive, but not only to us, but to our ancestors and to women and to themselves as young, black men.
"I just couldn’t understand how you could compare the gateway of life to the brutality and punishment of death. And I feel as though they have no pride and no dignity as black men."
"Our family was very, very offended, very hurt. Disturbed by it…our young people they emulate what they see, what they hear and what they’re immersed in. And then we question them as they grow up and become citizens and they’re supposed to be productive in society and they’re not productive. And society is already criminalizing our young, black men at every opportunity that they have. So it just really concerns us that here you are using Emmett Till’s name in such an egregious way, and you’re not having any respect for yourselves as well as our family. And that’s the biggest concern. We’re concerned about our young people as well as the image of Emmett Till."