In the cringingest moment of the day, Future said that Lil Wayne’s verse in his song “Karate Chop” helped raise awareness about the 1955 death of civil rights icon Emmett Till.
(For those of you who forgot, Wayne offered to “beat that pussy up like Emmett Till” in the song. Emmett Till was beaten to death by a white mob for reportedly flirting with a white woman. Till’s family was understandably outraged.) Via All Hip Hop:
I never thought it was going to get so much attention, but I think overall, the whole situation, he did bring light in a positive way to what happened. Even though they probably thought it was negative, he brought positive energy to the situation because a lot of people don’t even know [who Emmett Till was]. My dad didn’t even know who Emmett was, he think I was talking about Emmett Smith. I’m talking a lot of that are people around me, credible people, that should be like, ‘Man, you don’t even know who Emmett Till is?’ He raised awareness to people who didn’t even know Emmett Till. The young kids that never even knew what happened to him… I don’t believe he in any way, form, or fashion did it out of disrespect toward the family.