Rapper and St. Louis native, Nelly travels to Ferguson, MO to show support to Mike Brown’s family and the residents that are protesting. He urges the protesters to remain calm, noting that the violence is not helping. Some have criticized Nelly for taking almost 2 weeks to speak out on the situation. They felt that because he is a Missouri native, he should have been one of the first to make a comment. Nelly replied to his critics:
“I understand the frustration, but we have to strategize before we overreact,” Nelly, a St. Louis native himself, said. “We don’t get no do-over on shit like this, so we have to do it right the first time.”
Nelly added, “Ain’t nothing happen no different that hasn’t been happening. At the end of the day, we should have waited to strategize first and take all the right steps to organize.”
Salute to Nelly for speaking #facts
Listent to Nelly Preach:
There’s more doctors — brothas and sistas — that are in college than in jail. They [don’t] want you to believe that. I just asked a couple of brothas coming up here. ‘Are there more brothas in jail or in college?’ [They said,] ‘Shoot, in jail.’ Huh? No it ain’t. It ain’t been like that since 2001. See what I’m saying? There’s more doctors, there’s more lawyers, there’s more teachers, there’s more black billionaires, there’s more black millionaires, you got options brothers and sisters, you got options.
We gotta understand that we got options and stop choosing the reaction option. That’s it. At the end of the day we’re gonna pay. Our brothas are the ones that’s gonna be in jail. Our mothers are going to be the ones trying to sell her house so we can get out, and now our mama ain’t got no house for the other kids. It’s a chain reaction, man. We don’t want to deal with the reality. We just want to be so mad that we got our own personal agenda. It’s about the Brown family. It’s not about your family right now.”