After rapper Killer Mike urged Black Atlanta residents to put their money in Black banks, earlier this week Houston, Texas based rappers decided to do the same.
According to Houston’s ABC 13, rappers Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Willie D from the Geto Boys and more met with the mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, to create solutions to end police brutality and stop violence in communities.
“We don’t have all the answers, we might not have any of the answers, but at least we are acknowledging there is a serious problem. We don’t want to wait until there’s riots in the streets,” rapper Paul Wall states.
Black entertainers from around the nation have become outspoken about the conditions of Black people in wake of the Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shootings by police.
“It’s not just people in the hood that need to be held accountable for their actions. It’s the people in law enforcement that needs to be held accountable for their actions,” hip-hop artist Willie D of the Geto Boys says in the news report. “It’s very important that people understand when we say Black Lives Matter, we’re not saying that blue lives do not matter.”
After the meeting, many went to the Unity National Bank to open accounts because it is the only Black-owned bank in the state.