A common criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement is that it doesn’t adequately address the threats that face black lives. The overwhelming majority of black victims who are killed aren’t killed by police, they’re killed largely by gang violence. Homicide is the leading cause of death among young black men in America, and police shootings (the vast majority of which are justified) only make up a small fraction of that number.
One rapper nearly learned this first hand – as he was filming a Black Lives Matter themed music video… in Chicago.
Via Russia Today
A Chicago rapper has been shot while shooting a video in support of Black Lives Matter and calling for non-violence. The bloody attack adds to Chicago’s worrisome statistics as the city saw nearly 10 people shot in one day alone this week.
King Yella’s shooting was recorded on video, which he shared on his Instagram account. In the footage, the rapper is seen preparing to record his music video as bullets are fired toward him from a passing vehicle.Earlier this week, Yella called on people to show up for a recording of his music video in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, urging everyone who would come to wear blue and red shirts. Yella was one of nearly a dozen shooting victims in Chicago on Wednesday alone, all following a bloody weekend of more gun violence.
— RT (@RT_com) August 26, 2016
In a video posted after the shooting, the rapper who was shot states “I was doing a Black Lives Matter video and I got shot.” A man then took over the narration of the video, noting that he’d been shot twice.
According to one source the gang Black Disciples is claiming responsibility for the shooting.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]