David Banner sits on CNN’s guest panel to discuss the recent shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson Missouri. While on the show, the Mississippi born rapper clarified the meaning of some controversial post made on twitter a few days earlier.
Banner was then asked by CNN’s Don Lemon to elaborate, and here’s what he had to say.
“It was definitely taken out of context,” Banner said. “And first of all on Sundays I always dialogue with my fans. I always push my fans to think. And at the time that had nothing to do with what was going on in Ferguson. But it still applies. What I was saying is is that white cops do not see value in young, black men. And the reason why a lot of young, black men—not all black men, kill each other is because they don’t see any value either. So many people have bought into this Americanized system and America historically has always tortured, killed, and enslaved black people. And I have not forgot that. So, in me saying that there’s a reason why we don’t see value. But it’s different because cops are paid to protect us.”
David Banner has always been revered as outspoken advocate of both the Hip Hop and the Black community, but some have found his comments to be offensive. Mr.Banner defends his point of view on the panel.
Check out the video below.