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BET Bans Killer Mike’s ‘Burn’ That Speaks Out Against Police Killing Unarmed Blacks: Update

BET will  show videos regularly that feature scantily clad women, hyper-sexual content or young black males who rap about killing and drug-dealing. But the network recently banned Killer Mike’s socially conscious video for “Burn.”

In the video, stock clips of police protests and riots are shown. There also are clips of Martin Luther King Jr., President Barack Obama and the Black Panthers.

Mike raps, “The cop wrote a letter apologizing to Oscar [Grant], they say I’m wrong cause I still say drop’em, police in the ghetto is killing n****s daily, but when we get to busting back they say that we’re crazy, prisons are overcrowded and the schools are too, because they undereducated you and got a place for you, n****s go to prison–the new age slavery, now you understand why they undereducate your baby.”

“Burn” was released during a time when unjust police killings continue to occur across the nation. On July 10, retired NFL player Deacon Turner was killed by a police officer in front of his son in Bakersfield, Calif. On July 16, a San Francisco teen was murdered by police for not paying bus fare.

[UPDATE] BET recently released this statement. “Thanks to the power of Twitter, BET has reassessed Killer Mike’s ‘Burn’ video and has decided to accept the video for BET Networks. If we decide to air the video on 106 & Park, we will have a conversation and discuss the issues presented in the video.”

Does Killer Mike’s “Burn” incite violence, or has BET catered to negative black images while condemning an artist for taking a social stance? –amir shaw

Check out Killer Mike’s ‘Burn.’



16 Comments

  1. JAYNE DOH! on July 20, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    B.E.T. is a white owned.
    of course they wont show it.

  2. JAYNE DOH! on July 20, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    B.E.T. is a white owned.
    of course they wont show it.

  3. Tracemysteps on July 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Elitist black folks wants to keep the black community in slaved. They want to keep the truth silent too. BET is an uncle TOM not for the people. They just said If they air the video they have to have a conversation on the video Burn. They should have conversation on Rick Ross and Wayne Bird Man on their video about the drugs they so call sale in the community. 

  4. Damon L. Thomas on July 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Why is BET STILL being criticized over music videos? Y’all do realize only an hour and a half out of 24 hours is dedicated to a music video show, right?

  5. vixenth on July 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    BET is a joke and it’s for those undereducate blacks he is speaking about.  I don’t watch anythign they put out.  TV One and Centric are good but I can’t wait for more quality black programming. 

    You have to know when the leadership (debra lee) is a joke what more do you think you will get from it’s programming.

  6. Mooncat51 on July 21, 2011 at 2:29 am

    If anyone is foolish enough to think that raps incite folks to violence, what is the excuse for WWI,WWII, Viet Nam, um, the Third Reich…oh the list goes on and on, folks!

    • Kapital Kev on July 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm

      Mooncat51 most pop, hip hop, dance music being put out is all about glorifying sex, money, and drugs and when you expose young minds to this they think its the normal and ok.  What we fail to realize is alot of young Americans see this and think its ok to have sex, sale and take drugs, and they need money to be happy.  These young children dont always have someone in there life to tell them other wise or educate them any differently.  I am a DJ and love music but as a father I have grown to see the influence music has on childrens lives.

    • Sortin' Jordan Rivera on July 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm

       I would say it is the increasing number of incidents of police violence across the country that incites violence. If the police would to stop using their guns in situations that could be resolved without violence there would not be so much backlash against them.

    • Sortin' Jordan Rivera on July 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm

       I would say it is the increasing number of incidents of police violence across the country that incites violence. If the police would to stop using their guns in situations that could be resolved without violence there would not be so much backlash against them.

  7. Sherri Etienne on July 21, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Why are we surprised by this? I think Aaron McGruder just about sumed up BET in an episode of the Boondocks. LOL! BETdelivers the tainted imagery of what our lives are supposedly all about or should be about. Which is basically nothing of true value if we let them portray it. They are subliminally damaging everyone’s mind by altering your thought processes. They don’t play conscious music because it enlightens, empowers and evokes positivity. They want you dumb as hell because then you’re easier to enslave. That’s why no more “Fight The Power, U.N.I.T.Y., F’ The Police, Cop Killer or Burn videos. Don’t y’all get it? Society doesn’t want us to be as strong as we were during the civil rights era. They don’t breed future Baracks’, they breed future bums and because you’re all so caught up in the very “Hype” Public Enemy told you not to believe, you can’t see the forest for the trees. THINK!

  8. J Craige on July 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm

     I don’t support any rapper who paints a picture that the police, in general, is anti-black. Police brutality can be found all over the net among different races. I’m sick to death of the hypocracy in hip hop. One side is saying, “snitches get stitches…” The other side is saying, “fuck the police.” — creating a dangerous community for young black youth. The police is looked at as an enemy while gang bangers and thugs are lifted up as heroes EVEN WHEN, at the same time, they’re saying they will put you in the hospital for trying to clean up your community. So that leaves a community of people who don’t trust the police but are afraid of the criminals. Then they wonder why “the man” don’t care about them. It’s not that they DON’T care… it’s that they CANT care… you assholes (generally speaking) won’t let them! I hate it… And what’s worse is the mentality has become a FAD… Young kids today may cling to those ideals in order to seem more cool, but it will only be a matter of time before they believe in those ideals and really embrace what they mean. — Also, I absolutely hate how some of these guys complain about prisons being overcrowded with black men, as if black men are being innocently thrown in jail. Do I believe more whites are overlooked? Hell yeah! But it doesn’t mean the black men that are in prison don’t deserve to be…. Come on people… Get it together.

    • Blacc on July 21, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      True. Not every black person in the prison is innocent. At the same time, black people have been backed into a corner when it comes to society. They don’t have the same opportunities when it comes to “legal” employment. So…They must “outsource” to the out of bounds area of the law. Police brutality has been an issue for years…The most notorious gangs were birthed out of police brutality and racism. That’s why people have a “fuck the police” mentality. The Crips were birthed out of this same epidemic…For the Crips are the unclaimed bastard children of the Black Panthers. Same with Bloods, and Piru…As time progressed though, these gangs intentions became perverse. So, do I agree with you about people having the tendency to scream racism every time a black person gets locked up…Yes. But, if you check the time line…And you do the correct history…Cops and Racism are the reasons they even exist…And…When people refer to “gangs” they always think “black people.” But, when you check the time line…They weren’t the first gangs. A lot of gangs like Crips, Bloods, and Pirus…Were made in response to gangs such as “The Spookhunters,” which is an all WHITE gang that preyed upon unsuspecting black people. So, you can’t blame the community for saying F the police, but at the same time kind of looking to the bangers as icons. 

  9. nzinga zindua on July 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Bullshit.  The powers hate to hear a strong, young, black king speak truth!!!  Fuck BET!!!

  10. Louisauto83 on July 22, 2011 at 4:58 am

    Why are we not this outraged when we kill each other, or make excuses for cats that sell crack in the neighborhood we grew up in, the neighborhood your momma and grandparents probably still live in. I’m not minimizing the Bay Area cop killings cause its seems to be real fucked up out there, but we do more harm to ourselves that cops, the government or white folks. 

  11. Zsa-Nise Raquel Francis on July 28, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    This article needs to be aired nationally. Maybe some youth will grab onto it and ‘pay it forward’ so that when I have children I wont have to worry about all of this craziness in this media world….

  12. Zsa-Nise Raquel Francis on July 28, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    This article needs to be aired nationally. Maybe some youth will grab onto it and ‘pay it forward’ so that when I have children I wont have to worry about all of this craziness in this media world….