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Chrisette Michele Says She’s ‘No Political Genius,’ Believes Boycotts Are Ineffective



Amid the Black Lives Matter protests that continue to rock the nation after Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were shot and killed by police, R&B star Chrisette Michele believes the actions are unnecessary. The singer-songwriter took to Twitter July 12 to give her input on what an effective solution would be to ongoing police violence against Blacks in America.

The former Motown Records label signee wrote that boycotts and marches were once effective at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, but Black achievement – having a Black president – means there is no need to protest.

“I don’t believe that a boycott is the answer. It was the answer 60 years ago. I don’t believe that marches are the answer. They were the answer 60 years ago,” she shared.

Michele went on to list the many accomplishments Black entertainers have made, such as Nicki Minaj’s clothing line at K-Mart; Rick Ross’ investment in Wing Stop; and her own achievement in owning a record label with music sold at Target.

“Now is the time to achieve. Now is the time to send Black boys to college. Now is the time to get degrees and become lawyers that our uncles couldn’t,” she wrote before adding, “Now is the time to attend City Hall meetings. Now is the time to vote and change laws.”

The star continued to emphasize the Black vote and encouraged education, stating “action is the well spoken. It is not chaos. It is not killing. It is not anger.”

“Action is greatness. Arise and be the greatest. That is how we must speak,” she concluded.

The message has been blasted by fans.

Suri thought it was shrouded in respectability politics.

Michael Arceneaux questioned the Grammy-winner for encouraging capital growth while dismissing protests and boycotts as “archaic.”

He followed up by criticizing Michele’s solution to solve racism.

While the “Equal” singer did not respond to Arceneaux’s critiques, she did respond to other fans.

User @Earth_BE said there is a middle ground solution to racism rather than choosing to take action and stop boycotting or continue protesting. Michele agreed.

Daniel Rivera respected the “Milestone” record maker’s opinion but did not understand why people should be unable to protest. The singer clarified her remarks.

@arinola91 defended boycotting, which Michele criticized for lacking direction. The artist then distanced herself from typical celebrities.


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3 thoughts on “Chrisette Michele Says She’s ‘No Political Genius,’ Believes Boycotts Are Ineffective

  1. Black Artists products always have sold out or had high volume sales – The Racial Conglomerate Monopoly here of a White Financial Infrastructure is K-Mart, Target, WalMart….Not Black! Equals Slave-Ownership! Sounds like a propaganda speech!

  2. Ya'know you'd think Black people leave Church on a Sunday Morning, and jump onto planes, boats, or ships with Bullet proof armery; dispatch into foreign countries and start killing millions of innocent lives for natual resources, money, gold, oil whatever pleases us…'d think we were the most Brutal people on the planet….Like, if you think that way; what Major Movie or Epic Book did you read/see that in? and Exactly, which Century was that again?….did that happen in Outerspace?! Has Global Warming come and Gone already?

  3. Dee Balt says:

    Why do people who are brainless make statements? Why do we always kill ourselves? You said you are not political so shut up. Thank you for being another person of color who offers dumb comments for people to hold over our heads. Who paid you to sell your people down the river? What promises were made to you that will never come to fruition? Why don't you understand that cheap clothes at kmart are not a measure of true success since the money does not help the black or brown community? Get a better education it's clear you did not learn a great deal!

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