Emmett Till’s Family Writes Open Letter To Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne has been criticized by his fans, his record label, and musician Stevie Wonder for his offensive lyrics regarding Emmett Till in his song Karate Chop (Remix). Now Till’s family is letting the singer know how they feel about his lyrics.

Till’s letter penned an open letter to the singer. The letter, which can be read in its entirety at Vibe, criticizes Wayne for degrading Till’s legacy, black history, and women.

The letter reads:

“When you spit lyrics like “Beat that p—-y up like Emmett Till”, not only are you destroying the preservation and legacy of Emmett Till’s memory and name, but the impact of his murder in black history along with degradation of women.”

The letter attempts to explain to Lil Wayne that he has an amazing power. The letter states that Wayne could be a proud voice for black men, that he could be a role model for young children, and that he could empower his audience with his words.

The letter reads:

“Your ‘celebrity’ thrusts you into the spotlight affording you the opportunity to embrace your role as a black man, father, friend, and artist that has the ability to reach international audiences. Are you bothered in the least by the staggering statistics of the extinction of our children?”

The family expressed gratitude for the decision to pull the song but said that the damage had already been done. The song will remain on the internet forever and will continue to inflict pain on the Till family.

The letter ends by asking Lil Wayne to join in the effort of turning the tragedy of Emmet Till’s death into a triumph. The family is waiting for Lil Wayne’s response.