Rapper Macklemore devotes acceptance speech to Trayvon Martin and victims of racial profiling

MacklemoreRapper Macklemore brought a bit of politics to the American Music Awards on Sunday night, paying tribute to slain teen Trayvon Martin and others killed because of laws like “Stand Your Ground” in his acceptance speech for a hip-hop honor.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took home the award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop album for their record, Heist, during the AMA’s. The duo accepted the award via satellite video from Miami, Fla., where they are currently touring, and Macklemore used his time to address the death of Sanford, Fla., teen Trayvon Martin and others killed because of racial profiling.

“Now that I’m sitting here in front of millions of people, I’d like to address something extremely important to me. I was talking to my friend … before the show and he reminded me of a great Martin Luther King quote,” the rapper told the audience. “He said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ And due to the fact that we are in Florida tonight accepting this award, I want to acknowledge Trayvon Martin and the hundreds and hundreds of kids each year that are dying due to racial profiling and the violence that follows it.”

The “Thrift Shop”artist continued as the audience erupted into cheers and applause, saying it is time to fight racism and laws like “Stand Your Ground.”

“This is really happening,” he said. “These are our friends, our neighbors, our peers, and our fans, and it’s time that we look out for the youth and fight against racism and the laws that protect it.”

After George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Martin, was acquitted several months ago, the country erupted in protest of “Stand Your Ground” laws. Zimmerman’s lawyers, however, never used the law as part of their defense.

Macklemore is hardly a stranger to politics and rarely shies away from controversial topics. The rapper met with House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) last week to discuss youth engagement in politics, and his song “Same Love” sent ripples throughout the entertainment industry for its pro-gay marriage message.

Watch Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ acceptance speech below via MotaHipHop


MRL by MotaHipHop

Comments

Polititainment

Suggested names for Weiner's new joint

"Anthony's Big Boy," "DcDonald's" ...

'House of Cards' to feature Pussy Riot
Is this another sign Frank Underwood might be taking on Vladimir Putin in season three of Netflix’s “House of Cards?” The Baltimore City Paper reported that Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, of the anti-Putinist Russian performance art and punk protest group Pussy Riot, filmed scenes for the next season in early August. Pussy Riot gained international […]
Nelson, Young lead anti-Keystone concert
Musicians Willie Nelson and Neil Young will headline an anti-Keystone XL pipeline concert in September. The concert, called “Harvest the Hope,” will take place Sept. 27 in a field on a farm owned by the Tanderup family who are part of a strong collective of Nebraska landowners refusing to sell their land to TransCanada for the Keystone […]
Christie, McCain dance with Jamie Foxx
We’re thinking Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx said it best. “Republicans love to dance – in the Hamptons,” Foxx told Page Six. Foxx’s fundraiser in the Hamptons Saturday night saw both New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) hop on stage and dance it out in front of an audience that included the likes […]
President Obama's facial expressions

During a recent episode of "The Tonight Show, Fallon unveiled a segment that showcased Obama's best and lesser known facial expressions.

White House

President Obama ‘didn’t know’ the Missouri governor was calling National Guard to Ferguson

As has been the case with so many crises that have faced America during Obama's time in the White House, it appears the president has learned about the Missouri Governor calling the National Guard to Ferguson on the news.

Obama back in Washington on rare vacation break
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama returned to Washington just after midnight Monday for a two-day break from a summer vacation, during which airstrikes in Iraq and violent clashes in a St. Louis suburb intruded on his golf and beach plans. The exact reason for Obama’s return remained unclear, though it appeared aimed in part […]
Police chief rips Obama remarks on Ferguson
THE HILL – The executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police criticized President Obama Thursday for his remarks about law enforcement in Ferguson, Mo. “I would contend that discussing police tactics from Martha’s Vineyard is not helpful to ultimately calming the situation,” director Jim Pasco said in an interview with The Hill. “I think what […]
Obama spokesman says ‘good time was had by all’ at party as Ferguson protests raged

The White House reported that President Obama and guests had a kicking good time at a birthday party Wednesday while protests raged yet another night in the torn suburb of Ferguson, Mo.

White House Official: Hillary Clinton and Obama ‘have had many hugs over the past few years’
If you were looking forward to seeing pictures of Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama “hugging it out,” today is your unlucky day. Press will not be allowed in at a Martha’s Vineyard soiree Wednesday night where the two are expected to make up  after Clinton criticized Obama’s foreign policy strategy in a recent interview with The Atlantic. […]

Congress

See the 'Best of' Pelosi's incoherent babbles
Whether she is spouting off about  “race ha[ving] something to do” with the Republican stance on immigration or charging across the U.S. House floor to call a fellow representative “insignificant,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is known for saying some crazy things. Roll Call has compiled some of Pelosi’s greatest hits from 2014 in a video […]
Voters do not believe Congress deserves reelection
Most Americans do not believe current members of Congress deserve to be reelected, a new poll finds. A Gallup poll released Monday found that only 19 percent of registered voters say most members of Congress deserve to be reelected. This the second lowest figure since Gallup first started asking the question in 1992. People feel more […]
Schock outlines how GOP can attract millennials
Positive messaging, reaching out in person, and uniting the party behind strong economic policies are all ways Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) thinks the Republican party can win over millennial voters. Schock appeared on CNN Friday to talk with conservative commentator S.E. Cupp about winning young voters. As the second-youngest member of the House of Representatives at […]
Rep. Justin Amash defends his bold victory speech
After a bitter primary fight, Rep. Justin Amash (R- Mich.) delivered a bold victory speech in which he skewered his opponent last week. The Congressman has taken plenty of heat for his less-than-gracious words, but Amash is not backing down. Amash wrote an op-ed in the Grand Rapids Press Thursday to defend his statements and to […]
Rand Paul decries militarization of police
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) decried the militarization of police in Ferguson, Mo. in an op-ed published Thursday in Time magazine. Though he was responding to the chaos that has broken out after the shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown by police, he warned that the scene in Missouri was the result of  ”a systemic problem […]