Rapper Killer Mike unloaded on CNN during a press conference on Friday night where he was speaking to the community in Atlanta in an attempt to calm riots that were going on, saying that CNN needs to “stop feeding fear and anger every day.”
Killer Mike’s comments come as a fourth night of riots hits some of the larger cities in the U.S., which started earlier this week in response to the death of George Floyd.
“I love CNN, I love Cartoon Network,” Killer Mike said. “But, I’d like to say to CNN right now, karma’s a mother, stop feeding fear and anger every day. Stop making people feel so fearful. Give them hope.”
“I’m glad they only took down a sign and defaced a building, and they’re not killing human beings like that policeman did,” Killer Mike continued. “I’m glad they only destroyed some brick and mortar and they didn’t rip a father from a son. They didn’t rip a son from a mother, like the policeman did.”
.@KillerMike to CNN: “Stop feeding fear and anger every day. Stop making people feel so fearful, give them hope."
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 30, 2020
“After it burns, will we be left with char or will we rise like the phoenix out of the ashes like Atlanta has always done?” Killer Mike continued. “Will we use this as a moment to say that we will not do what other cities have done and, in fact, we will get better than we’ve been?”
Killer Mike’s comments come after rioters attacked CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta late on Friday which caused a significant amount of damage to the building.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms slammed the rioters during a press conference on Friday night, saying that they were disgracing the city.
When I saw the murder of George Floyd, I hurt like a mother would hurt. And yesterday, when I heard there were rumors about violent protests in Atlanta, I did what a mother would do, I called my son and I said ‘Where are you?’ I said, ‘I cannot protect you and black boys shouldn’t be out today’,” Bottoms said. “So you not going to out concern me and out care about where we are in America.”
“So what I see happening in the streets of Atlanta is not Atlanta. This is not a protest. This is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. This is chaos. A protest has purpose,” Bottoms continued.
“If you want change America, go and register to vote. Show up at the polls on June 9. Do it in November. That is the change we need in this country. You are disgracing our city. You are disgracing the life of George Floyd and every other person who has been killed in this country,” Bottoms concluded. “We are better than this. We are better than this as a city. We are better than this as a country. Go home.”