Today on Too Much Truth with Derrick Boazman, DB addresses the issue of Lil Wayne’s offensive lyrics of referencing Emmett Till. In the song, “Karate Chop” by Future feat. Lil Wayne, the artist compares what happened to Emmett Till to sexual act. The lyric has created such a media buzz that the family of Till have decided to address the issue through an open letter.
In the letter, it outlined how the rappers actions made the family feel, and invited him to help provide support to youth victimized by hate crimes and violence. The letter also quotes “When you speak lyrics like, ‘beat that p—y up like Emmett Till,’ not only are you destroying the preservation and legacy of Emmett Till’s memory and name, but the impact of his murder in black history, along with degradation of women.”
The writer of the letter was Airickca Gordon-Taylor. She is the Executive Director of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Fund and heir to the Till Estate. During the show, DB was able to speak to her by telephone and asked her to give a brief description of who Emmett Till was, and how important he is to black history.