Triggering Conversations With Killer Mike
I just finished Killer Mike’s new Netflix show and it’s definitely not what I expected, and is a pleasant surprise. Being completely transparent I didn’t know much about Mike other than him being a rapper and Bernie (Sanders) supporter. I didn’t expect Mike to be as open and inclusive as he is. The show really introduces you to Mike the man who just happens to be a rapper. In each episode you see Mike taking on issues like education reform, religion, and democracy.
What got my attention the promo clip of him with a group of kids. What he told one black boy stuck w/ me and is the message I want to share with my children. That black is beautiful and valuable. So I fired up the old Netflix and made a night of it. While watching I got the notion that Mike was not only trying challenge himself but also the viewer. Each episode is a conversation touching on varies problems, concerns, mindsets, and attitudes we all deal with.
The such conversation is on religion and it really made me think about my faith and how I see Jesus. The premise of the episode was Mike wanting to start a religion based on having a savior or Messiah that the worshippers can identify with especially if you’re black. Having a white Jesus seems to perpetuates the idea of having a white savior. Long story short he sets out to build a faith focused on the “teachings” of his friend Sleep. My first thought was this is wrong and crazy, but as I continued to watch and saw that most people are looking for answers and acceptance. Which prompted me to look at my Christianity. Do I have most of the answers I’m looking for? I have most but not all. Do I feel acceptance? For the most part -yes. There was more but for the sake of keep this short I can understand why those people are coming from. I really like shows that make you think and this is one of them. You will laugh, you will be upset, you will be annoyed by one guy for sure, but you’ll enjoy it. I walk away with an appreciation for Killer Mike.