Killer Mike—MC, one half of Run The Jewels, and occasional White House correspondent—has always made his political concerns well-known via his lyrics. Recently, however, the #BlackLivesMatter movement and increasing attention on police brutality and discrimination around the country have compelled the rapper to share his views through more conventional media: op-eds, TV appearances alongside talking heads, and college lectures.
Now it looks like he’s taking his commitment to activism a step further, urging supporters to vote for him as a write-in candidate in tomorrow’s special election for state representative of Georgia’s District 55 (in Atlanta). Michael Render (his given name) will face a challenging race—there are already seven declared candidates (!) vying for the position. The reason for the special election? Longtime District 55 representative Tyrone Brooks resigned shortly before he was indicted for tax and mail fraud.
See his call to action on Instagram below, and tell your ATL compatriots to write in Michael Render:
Update: Apparently, legally Killer Mike can’t run as a write-in in tomorrow’s election. He explains in the Instagram video below:
I can’t run 😞 BUT 😀 For the folks that were willing to Write in #MichaelRender Thank U so Much. I am gonna run one day and WE WILL WIN. However in Ga I wud have to officially enter as a “write in” vs being an Actual Write in (those are the breaks) but, I really felt it important to draw attention to this race. We have BIG Problems in education, schools and prison reform in Ga and I I wanna see change. I wanna see Yall active in Local politics. The fact that ya’ll are willing to support me shows change is possible and while I run around rapping with @thereallyrealelp doing #RunTheJewels for the next few yrs I want ya’ll to get & stay active and Run for office! We need more New and fresh ideas & people! Now Tomorrow yall choose between two sisters, a Junior & a white indie (really republican and I’m cool with that too if he does the job so give him a look) I suggest yall Google them read up tonight and GO VOTE tomorrow! I will Run In the Future and We Will Win! Love and Respect Michael Render #Vote #District55 #TomorrowInGeorgia #DontWriteMeInYet #IwannaKeepRapping #MyWifeStillLikesStripClubs #MyOGwantMeToRunDoe #GetAvtive #ChangePolitics #ISeeICanRunAndIWillOneDay #ThankYall make sure yall watch me on #TheNightlyShow with Larry Wilmore at 11:30 est. 🇺🇸 #GoVote
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