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

  1. Racism is not only systemic, it is also #CULTURAL.

  2. thank you to the Atlanta Black Star so much for your Empowering Narratives. I'm sick to my stomach of systemic racism in America. There are so many young black men who are in prison today for years and years without trail for minor or zero offences. I encourage others to join me in supporting Atlanta Black Star.

  3. Etan Thomas @etanthomas36
    Much Respect to @lecrae reading some of the comments from his fans They love that he's a Christian but hate that he is a Conscious Black Man
    11:18 PM – 4 Jul 2016

    Twitter comment by Etan Thomas: I would Replace Conscious Black Man with A CHILD OF SLAVERY! It Resonates Better!

    We are a nation of people who are the by-product, post-humanisation of a slave Nation of human trade; and to some a figment of an aftermath of slaugher and degradation….who say it's in the past! Validation: The Guilt is Real, but keep telling them who we really are! Children of Slaves!

  4. It's gonna take humility, patience and integrity for my Black Relatives Worldwide to come to some Realisations about who we really are. We have to be real with ourselves. Man, we LOST OVER 200 MILLION people OVER 400 YEARS. How REAL IS THAT! We have to start coming to some sense of Reality. We are not British and Americans, Brazilians, Africans, Spanish, West Indians….when we ALL have one thing in common that makes us ALL ONE NATION of peoole.

  5. Some white people like to indirectly say to Black people "You're not the by-product of Slavery you are just like us, we the same!". Do you get it now! Do you see! They like to Dismiss who and what we really are.

  6. Black Anger & White Guilt is Draining And Energy Consuming to White people!…..But Black people keep Sounding the Truth Trumpet!

  7. Akande Davis says:

    I was mentioned in this article as being 'educated' but that's not the case… The thing is, I understand and agree with the point entirely. My father is black and my grandmother was actually the daughter of a slave. If anyone understands and empathizes it's me, but on July 4th? And if you are going to bring up that topic on a day like that, at least do it in a way that isn't attempting to passively take a jab.

    On a day marked by independence, let's not forget the lack of liberty that we as black America experienced -BOOM! Way more thoughtfully presented and relevant so that people who ARE celebrating aren't essentially attacked by the comment.

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