“We are living in one of the worst times in America”: Denzel Curry speaks out about police brutality

The issue is especially urgent for the Florida rapper, whose own brother was killed at the hands of law enforcement

03.06.20

Words by: Felicity Martin

Among the many musicians to speak out after the killing of George Floyd after being asphyxiated by police officer Derek Chauvin, Denzel Curry has put out an especially powerful statement via Twitter.

Police brutality is an especially urgent issue for the Florida rapper. In March 2014, Denzel’s brother Treon Johnson was killed after sustaining fatal injuries at the hands of police officers, who tased and pepper-sprayed him into a state of sepsis.

Yesterday, on Black Out Tuesday, Denzel Curry released protest track ‘Pig Feet‘, a collaboration with Terrace Martin, Kamasi Washington, G Perico and Daylyt.

Read Curry’s statement in full below.

Dear supporters and people who follow me,

After looking at most of your comments in my last few posts about the current situation happening in the U.S.A. it seems a lot of you are Extremely insensitive, Extremely Ignorant, and most likely come from places where you don’t have to face the prejudices that my people face on a daily basis.

To you I’m just an entertainer and I’m suppose to dance for your support of my music and craft but now I’m here to say FUCK ALL THAT.

We are living in one of the worst times in America. It’s even got to the point that I don’t even want to consider myself as an American, most people don’t treat us as Americans let alone human. Most of you say there’s no reason to riot but in our defence there’s no reason to be killing my people…

The tension in the United States has got me at a crossroads and I’m here to tell you it’s either you With Me or Against Me. I don’t agree with senseless violence and that goes for both ends… I advocate for doing the right thing.

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