“The bullet box and the ballot box have both changed this country in a lot of ways.”
Capping a particularly active week, Killer Mike joined Bill Maher on HBO’s Real Time for a discussion of how the nationwide protests against police brutality are shifting the ground beneath us.
Pledging his support to “the kids out raging in the streets,” the Atlanta rapper and activist underscored the importance of their presence and the requisite follow-throughs, likening protests to a hospital visit. “Protesting is the first step, it’s when you come in the ICU and when you’re bleeding and they have to stop the bleeding first,” Mike tells the Real Time host. He adds, “Then, how do we stabilize the patient? The stability comes from beating up your local ballot boxes. It comes from voting in your prosecutor races, who your mayor and senators are going to be.”
The Run The Jewels rapper outlined the need for legislative, educational, and legal goals, to be formed through the protests, hoping to inspire activists to organize around and push for measurable reforms off the street.
You can watch Killer Mike’s full interview with Bill Maher above.