Talib Kweli & NIKO IS Were Attacked By Bigots In Copenhagen This Past Weekend

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Typically when Talib Kweli graces foreign lands, he is met with open and warm arms and ears. A trip to Copenhagen this past weekend proved to be a greeting of an entirely different sort. During his stay in the Denmark capital, Kweli and label-mate NIKO IS stopped through the city’s Christiania borough to mix it up with some locals. According to Kweli’s Instagram account, they were accosted by a pair of “bigots” and subsequently beaten while being told they were hated. It appears that each escaped and even went on to perform later that night, but not without taking a moment to reflect on the matter. Read Talib Kweli’s account of the attack below.

Me and @nikohigh walking into Christiania Copenhagen last night. One of my favorite places in the world until last night. I’ve been hearing about Danish racism on the rise. I witnessed it firsthand. I was attacked by two bigots last night saying they “hate me” and they didn’t even know who I was, they just didn’t like the color of my skin. It wasn’t an Internet attack, it was physical. I was hit and kicked. Thank you to @nikohigh for helping me get out of there. It goes to show you that racism and hate doesn’t stop for ppl with money or “celebrity” whatever that means. They stop nothing tho. The show still went on, Copenhagen was a great crowd. Even tho I will never see Christiania the same, a place I once wrote about for a travel blog as utopian, I will always love my fans in Denmark. Your love last night, especially while I was away from family during holiday, only made me stronger.

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