J. Cole visited the Ferguson community where Mike Brown was tragically killed. He made sure to make to clear to fans he was not there for promotion and refused to take pictures with fans.
“We’re all in a messy situation that goes beyond this,” he told onlookers. “This is bigger than Ferguson. This is a tragic incident and we want justice. The people want justice.”
Cole even had words for Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson.
“We’re all suffering from the way we look at each other,” he said.
Cole told listeners that Brown’s death could also be used as a call to action on black on black crime.
“We got a conscious, so we gotta start caring enough about each other so that even when one of us kill each other it’s like you feel offended,” he said. “You feel like somebody raped somebody.”
The Missouri community was appreciative of Cole’s visit.
Cole’s visit came days after he recorded “Be Free,” a Mike Brown tribute.
Cole raps, “And I’m in denial/And it don’t take no x-ray to see right through my smile/I know, I be on the go/And these ain’t no drink out there that can numb my soul.”
Brown, 18, was unarmed when he was shot six times Aug. 16 by a police officer. Two of those bullets struck him in the head.
Brown’s shocking death has drawn nationwide protests with accusations of police brutality.
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