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Hip Hop Artist Lecrae Learns the Hard Way that Being ‘Woke’ and Christian is Bad Mix for His Fans

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Black Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae made a political and historically accurate statement on the Fourth of July when he tweeted an image of enslaved Africans in a cotton field, stating his ancestors were in that position in 1776. The tweet set off a firestorm on Twitter, with many of the star’s white fans accusing him of making the holiday a “race issue.”

The staunchest criticism came from a user named Steve, who told the 36-year-old he was “done supporting” him since he promotes “guilt instead of love.”

Lecrae did not ignore the response and called out the fan for a racist retweet he made that same day.

The heat continued to come for the star’s political post.

Jamison Williams thought it simply caused trouble.

Joshua Gellock called the tweet “divisive” and announced he would unfollow the Grammy winner.

Yet there were fans that had Lecrae’s support.

@jennykillem clarified the rapper’s tweets for those who were uncertain.

The education continued with user Dynast Amir educating another by the name of Davis Absolute on why the tweet was necessary. Davis had dismissed Lecrae’s declaration because “July 4th is about independence from England, not slavery.”

Kathy Khang questioned why so many fans were disturbed by the artist’s views.

Melissa Baker thanked the singer for his historical reminder of the day’s realities, which Lecrae appreciated.

Etan Thomas tweeted his respect about Lecrae’s post, but pointed out the discontent among fans who “hate that he is a Conscious Black Man.”

This is not the first time the Houston, Texas native has voiced his opinion about issues concerning the Black community. Lecrae wrote op-eds for Billboard magazine about the Charleston shooting last summer, and the November 2014 Ferguson decision in which a grand jury chose not to charge Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.

“This is not a crusade for division, but it is obvious that there still exists in America a racial divide,” he wrote in the 2014 piece. “It’s apparent by the divide on this issue between blacks and whites all over social media. We can’t naively think that changes in voting rights forty years ago solved the problem of race.”

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