*Houston hip-hop artist Lecrae never censors his spirituality, and frequently raps about faith, race and cultural change. In an essay penned for Billboard, the Christian rapper let his thoughts flow about the country’s current state of turmoil following the police involved deaths of two black men: Alton Sterling, 37, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile, 32, in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.
Lecrae, whose album “Anomaly” debuted as No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, hit up Instagram last Thursday to criticize his Christian fans who accuse him of spreading a “divisive message” and ask him to “just stick to the gospel.”
“True faith stands up for the oppressed and the broken…” he wrote in a post. “Christians saying that ‘preaching the gospel is all we need’ ignores how sin affects infrastructures and societal systems.
“If you ever trusted in anything I’ve said, if you’ve used my words to stir your hope or joy, then trust that same voice now,” he continued. “This is an epidemic that school books or church services haven’t taught you.”
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#philandocastile Arguments only prove my point. I will never stop. Justice. Side note the #AllLivesMatter hashtag is like spitting in the face of black folk. It comes off as extremely selfish and unsympathetic to a mourning person. Not because all lives don’t matter. Of course they do. But it’s very clear that black lives don’t to many in this country. No one goes up to lung cancer patients and says “Folks with Breast cancer matter too!” #AllCancerPatients matter. That’s Insensitive. True faith stands up for the oppressed and the broken. Obviously many can’t see the systemic effects of racism and abused authority. Many can’t see that racism has stained this country because they are privileged to not see it. Also Christians saying that ” preaching the gospel is all we need” ignores how sin affects infrastructures and societal systems. They project blame on themselves when they see these kinds of posts. You assume my anger is at white people and not white supremacy. No there are many “woke” white folks out here. Allies and friends. But if you ever trusted in anything I’ve said, if you’ve used my words to stir your hope or joy, then trust that same voice now. This is an epidemic that school books or church services haven’t taught you. And listen if you really really hate this post you are always free to Unfollow me. I’ll still love you.
In an op-ed about race relations that he wrote for Billboard, Lecrae explained his reasoning behind a viral Tweet in which he said that the freedom America celebrates on July 4 doesn’t apply to everyone. “I posted a picture of slaves in a cotton field instead because that was the vantage point of my ancestors on July 4, 1776. They weren’t free.”
The rapper, whose fan base reportedly includes many white evangelical Christians, wrote in the Billboard piece that many of his supporters find his straightforwardness divisive. But he said: “There’s a difference between creating division and exposing the division that’s being ignored.”
“A lot of times, when you don’t have to deal with some of the circumstances that affect minority culture, you just don’t think they exist. This is a conversation I have with lots of my white friends all the time,” he wrote. “When I share my experiences with them, they’re like, ‘Oh. Really?’”
My family on July 4th 1776. pic.twitter.com/R9DzWkqDWc
— Lecrae (@lecrae) July 4, 2016
A picture says a thousand words. These are precious and hard moments all in one. He’s watching it all unfold and has a million questions just like I did. Our realities our different. Me and my fathers realities are different. My father was forced to use “colored” water fountains and bathrooms and had no great educational options. I have a college education and yet still have to push back on systemic racism. What will the future hold for my son? Hopefully a more unified nation where peace and equality are the standard. We all know heaven holds what the earth groans for.