BLACK VOICES
08/21/2014 06:09 pm ET | Updated Aug 21, 2014

Talib Kweli On Michael Brown Shooting: 'We Don't Need To Calm Down'

Among the many demonstrators seeking justice for the killing of unarmed, black teen Michael Brown, rapper Talib Kweli has been active on the front lines in Ferguson, Missouri.

And in addition to challenging Don Lemon and CNN’s reporting, the Brooklyn MC also appeared on HuffPost Live Thursday where he continued the conversation on how the African-American community should resist police terrorism.

“Martin Luther King, as peaceful as he was, I think he agreed with ‘No Justice, No Peace.’ And you don’t put peace above justice. You can’t do that,” Kweli declared. “We’re getting killed out here in these streets. We cannot afford to put peace above justice. We work towards peace, that’s the end goal, but it’s about organization, it’s about strategy, it’s about tactics, it’s about unifying people who are like minded and making sure that we’re all moving with one movement.”

“When you talk about the generational gap, it’s spot on. In my experience, you have black men out there with megaphones with the police whispering in their ear, working with the police, telling people to calm down. It’s not about calming down. We don’t need to calm down right now. We don’t need to be comfortable. Everybody needs to be uncomfortable. And it’s our job to make sure that people are reminded of that.”

Check out more of Talib Kweli’s segment in the clip above.

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