The family of Emmett Till responds to Lil Wayne's "Karate Chop" lyric, express their concern for the youth.
Following the release of Future’s “Karate Chop (Remix),” which features Lil Wayne,
the family of the late Emmett Till was quick to express their distaste
with the song after hearing a particular lyric from Lil Wayne. On the
song, the Young Money artist shockingly states that he “Beat that coochie
up like Emmett Till.”
While speaking with Dr. Boyce Watkins, Airickca Gordon-Taylor, the
founding director of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation and
cousin of Emmett Till, spoke on behalf of the family of Till. She
referred to Lil Wayne’s Emmett Till lyric as being both “dishonorable”
“To compare his murder and how beaten and how bullied, beatened, and
tortured he was to the anatomy of a woman was really very
disrespectful,” said Taylor in a video posted on RapRadar.com.
“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 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.”
Taylor then went on to state that not only is the Till family
concerned with Till’s image, they’re also concerned with the young
people who happen to be immersed in Lil Wayne’s music.
“Our family was very offended, very hurt,” Taylor revealed.
“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 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.”
In 1955, Emmett Till was murdered at the age of 14 after allegedly flirting with a white woman in Mississippi.